Brushing only cleans about 25% of your mouth. In order to clean the remainder of it, you need to floss and use mouthwash as well. Since there are so many mouthwashes to choose from, it can make the decision about which one is best for you a little tough. We’re here to tell you how mouthwash works so you can choose one that’s right for you.
First, you should know that mouthwash does not replace a regular oral hygiene routine, which consists of brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly. The main purpose mouthwash exists is to freshen your breath, however if you suffer from chronic bad breath, talk to your doctor about other ways to reduce this problem. How mouthwash works depends on the type you use. Most freshen the breath, while some provide anti-cavity protection and tooth whitening benefits.
Second, when choosing the right mouthwash, keep a few things in mind. Mouthwash may contain alcohol and even though this might not seem like a big deal, you may want to keep your children away from the rinses that contain it. Some mouthwashes may cause minor irritation to people with highly sensitive gums. This could go away once you get used to using mouthwash. If the irritation doesn’t go away, talk to your doctor as you may be suffering from other oral problems.
Finally, remember that when using mouthwash, the cap of the mouthwash is provided as a cup for rinsing. Do not fill the cap of the mouthwash to the rim. Instead, you’ll want to pour about 4 teaspoons of the rinse. It is up to you to dilute it with water if you experience too much minty flavor or sensitivity. Swish for 30 seconds to one full minute, followed by a short gargle. Then, spit it out into the sink. Do not rinse with extra water as this defeats the purpose of rinsing with mouthwash in the first place. The ingredients of the wash is meant to stay in your mouth in order to work.
Don’t hesitate to call Dr. Bruce Silva and his team at Austin Premier Dental if you have any questions about mouthwashes or if you just need to schedule an appointment. You can reach us by calling (512) 605-0860.