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Mouthwash is a great tool in your dental hygiene arsenal.
Make sure you use an ADA-approved low-alcohol content product.

Mouthwash Myths and Tips

Mouthwash is a great tool in your dental hygiene arsenal, but only when used properly and when using ADA-approved low-alcohol content mouthwash.  Image Courtesy of Vox-Efx | Irvine Dentist Neda Khodai, Barranca Dental - An Irvine Tradition of Dental Excellence

Mouthwash is a great tool in your dental hygiene arsenal, but only when used properly and when using ADA-approved low-alcohol content mouthwash. We’ve compiled some tips to help you ensure that your mouth is as healthy as can be, so whether you already use mouthwash as a part of your routine or you are still undecided, read on for our full coverage.

All Mouthwash is Not Equal

To get the best benefit from mouthwash, make sure that you are using the proper type. Therapeutic rinses are the best for your teeth, and use active ingredients such as Phenol, Chlorhexidine, or Sanguinaria which function as an antiseptic, antiplaque and antigingivitis agent. A cosmetic mouthwash works to clean your teeth and kill some of the bacteria in your mouth, but are not overly beneficial to your dental health.

As with all dental products, ensure that the mouthwash you purchase has the ADA seal.

Mouthwash is Not Harmless

Just because mouthwash can be bought at the store with no prescription, it isn’t harmless. You should still be concerned with any negative reactions to it. Mouthwashes with high alcohol content can cause sensitivity on your teeth and in your gums, and sometimes can cause a burning sensation. Mouthwash is not meant to be swallowed, and ingesting it should be avoided at all times. If you are concerned with any reactions you are having to mouthwash, contact your dentist.

It Takes Some Time

Most manufacturer instructions require thirty seconds or more of swishing mouthwash. If you only rinse for a few seconds and spit it out, you aren’t getting any of the antiseptic, antiplaque, or antigingivitis benefits of the product. If you want the full effect, make sure to follow the directions on the bottle entirely.

Don’t Stop Brushing

While mouthwash is a great addition to your hygiene routine, it is not a replacement for brushing or flossing. Mouthwash has been proven to improve the cleanliness of your mouth and improve the health of your gums, but it is not nearly as effective at removing plaque and debris as your toothbrush. It might work to temporarily help some hygienic issues such as bad breath, but it is not a permanent fix.

Contact Us!

If you have questions about mouthwash, or just need a cleaning, it’s time to set up an appointment with Irvine Dentist Dr. Neda Khodai. Call us at 949-553-1111 or click below to get in touch with Barranca Dental Excellence in Orange County California. Se Habla Español!

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  3. All SmilesAll Smiles09-13-2017

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