If you are not currently using an oral rinse to complement your daily brushing and flossing routine, you may want to consider adding this useful tool. Some people have found using an oral rinse can help with tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.
When you should you use an oral rinse? Some patients have found using it before brushing loosens oral debris (food particles and plaque) off of the teeth. Others have found that using it after brushing helps disinfect the mouth once oral debris has been loosened. Either method is effective and is pretty much simply a matter of preference.
The first thing to consider when searching for a mouthwash is finding a product that is safe to use and effective as well. There are products that make claims which turn out to be inflated and inaccurate. As a consumer, you are safe using a product that carries the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of approval. These products have been extensively tested and found to be safe as well as effective, doing exactly what the packaging claims. Once you have chosen a product, you will want to read and follow the manufacturer directions to receive the full benefits of the product.
Choosing an Oral Rinse That Works Best for You
Antibacterial rinses are plaque-fighters, killing bacteria accidentally left behind on your teeth after brushing. This is important because bacteria convert sugar from your diet into acid which wears down your tooth enamel. Bacteria are culprits for bad breath as they release sulphurous chemicals leading to gum disease. A bacteria-fighting rinse can protect your mouth against the ravages of gum disease.
Fluoride rinses work best in fighting tooth decay and strengthening tooth enamel. For those who are prone to cavities or have a condition called xerostomia (an abnormal dryness of the mouth) fluoride mouthwash is an excellent choice.
Cosmetic rinses work well at making your breath smell fresher and your teeth feel clean but do not actually assist with decay. To avoid dry mouth, look for those that don’t contain alcohol. You should be aware that persistent bad breath may mask an underlying medical condition so you may want to see your dentist to rule out gum disease, tooth decay, or oral cancer.
Whichever rinse you use should be an addition to your daily brushing and flossing and not used as a replacement. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Smiles Dental at 360.339.7499 today!