Mouthwash can not only freshen your breath, but it can prevent oral health problems from developing. Here are some tips about the different types of mouthwashes and how to use them so you can get the most out of your mouthwash.
- Mouthwash should be used with routine brushing and flossing, not as a replacement for them. Though mouthwash can help to reduce the risk for cavities and gum disease, it cannot do so by itself.
- You should swish the mouthwash around your mouth for about 30 seconds in order to effectively clean your teeth and cover them with cavity-fighting substances.
- After using mouthwash, do not rinse or eat for about 30 minutes. Doing so with dilute the mouthwash or wash it away before it can aid your dental health.
- Purchase a mouthwash containing fluoride. Fluoride helps to rebuild tooth structure and can reverse tooth decay in its early stages. Additionally, it has been found that mouthwashes containing fluoride are 50% more effective at fighting cavities than those that don’t have fluoride.
- Use a therapeutic mouthwash. Cosmetic mouthwashes only temporarily mask bad breath while therapeutic ones go to the source of the problem. A therapeutic mouthwash can reduce the risk for cavities, freshen your breath, and reduce your risk for gum disease. Contact our dentist if you want a recommendation for a good therapeutic mouthwash.