Is gargling mouthwash part of your morning and nightly ritual for taking care of your teeth? If it’s not, should it be? If it is, are you sure you’re using it properly? Here are some things you should know about mouthwash, to help you decide if it should be a part of your oral health care routine or if it’s just a minty waste of money.
The low down on mouthwash
1. There are different kinds of mouthwash to help whatever dental problem you have. You can get one that provides extra fluoride, one to help with bad breath, one that will help to whiten teeth, one that will help teeth that are sensitive, and one that can help to control plaque.
2. If you do find a mouthwash you like, remember that it isn’t all you need to keep your mouth healthy. Mouthwash can do many things – it can kill bacteria, reduce the risk of cavities, fight gum disease, and can even fight bad breath. But you should still keep brushing and flossing and visiting your dentist for a good cleaning twice a year!
3. An alcohol-free mouthwash is better for gums and teeth – alcohol can make teeth more sensitive.
4. If you think mouthwash doesn’t work, it may be that you haven’t been using it right. For mouthwash to be most effective, you should wait for half an hour in between brushing and using mouthwash. The beneficial ingredients in toothpaste can be cancelled out by the beneficial ingredients in mouthwash.
5. You should gargle with mouthwash for at least a minute. This gives it enough time to really be effective.
Mouthwash can be a great addition to your oral health, once you find the right one for you. Just make sure that it is an addition to your oral care routine and not a substitution for brushing and flossing! Another tip for taking good care of your teeth is to contact Lerner & Lemongello in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, if you have any problems or questions. Call (561) 627-9000 for an appointment!