Should you use a mouthwash?

A good-quality mouthwash can help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

When it comes to maintaining the condition of your smile, proper oral hygiene is key. It’s essential that you keep your teeth clean by regularly removing plaque and bacteria from your mouth. To do so, you should brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day and floss daily. If you are looking for ways to improve your existing hygiene routine, you may be wondering if there are any benefits to using a mouthwash. The truth is that rinsing with a mouthwash is no substitute for regular brushing and flossing, but it can be helpful when it comes to keeping bad breath at bay, as well as reducing your risk of issues like tooth decay. Read on to find out how mouthwash works, and how to use it correctly…

1. Use it properly

To get the most out of your mouthwash, it is best to brush and floss your teeth first. When you have finished cleaning your teeth, rinse your mouth with as much mouthwash as is indicated on the packaging. Rinse for around 30 seconds, making sure that you don’t swallow any of the mouthwash.

Most mouthwashes are recommended for use twice a day, after brushing and flossing. Rinsing with a mouthwash should be the last step in your oral hygiene routine because it can help to get rid of any loose debris that has been left behind, and will leave your breath smelling fresh.

2. Understand how it works

When it comes to choosing a mouthwash, there are a range of options available. Each type is formulated to address different issues, so bear in mind exactly what your needs are. Certain mouthwashes, for example, contain antiseptic ingredients that can help to destroy bacteria in hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Others contain fluoride, which helps to strengthen the enamel of the teeth and reduces the risk of tooth decay.

3. Take some precautions

Although mouthwash is considered a safe oral hygiene product, it is important to understand that it is not formulated to be ingested. Many mouthwashes contain ingredients like alcohol and fluoride, which should not be swallowed, especially by children. For this reason, the use of mouthwash is not advised for children under the age of six years old.

If you have sores or ulcers in your mouth, you could benefit from using an anti-septic mouthwash to get rid of bacteria and speed up the healing process. If, however, you struggle with oral sores often, it is best to speak to your dentist before introducing a new rinse into your routine as certain ingredients could exacerbate the problem.

How can we help?

If you are suffering from bad breath, or would simply like to improve your oral hygiene routine, you could benefit from rinsing with a mouthwash after brushing and flossing. It is important to understand, however, that bad breath could be a sign of an underlying health issue, so if the issue is persistent, we encourage you to come in and see us. Our team is also available to address any questions that you might have about your oral health, and is happy to provide you with information and advice when it comes to choosing products that will work for your specific needs.

At Dream Smiles Specialist Centre, we offer a range of general dentistry services. We encourage our patients to practice proper oral hygiene habits at home, and to come in and see us for regular dental check-ups. When you come in and see us for a check-up, we will check each of your teeth and take a look at your gums in order to identify any potential issues.

If you would like to find out more about our general dentistry services, please have a look here.

To book an appointment at Dream Smiles Specialist Centre, please contact us here or give us a call on 07 33441220.