Do you complete the smile-cleaning job each day with mouthrinse? If so, good for you! Rinsing once a day can further wash your teeth and gums and can even improve the smell of your breath. It’s important to know all there is to know about mouthwash so you can use the product properly. So, to help you help your smile, our dentist, Dr. Dr. Michael Tornow, is happy to share some mouthwash facts with you that you might not have known.
First, some mouthrinses are for cosmetic use only. This means the rinse will only help the appearance of your smile by whitening your teeth and freshening your breath. It will not help you have a stronger oral health. So, it’s best to avoid these rinses so you can have an effective swishing routine. Choose a rinse that is antibacterial, fluoridated, and approved by the ADA (American Dental Association).
Second, it’s best to rinse after you have brushed and flossed. This is because rinsing is only effective if your smile is already as clean as possible. The rinse will only eradicate the loosened particles that your toothbrush and floss couldn’t quite remove. The biggest benefit to mouthwash is that it can strengthen your teeth and kill bacteria in your mouth. So, make sure you do not replace your brushing and flossing routines with rinsing.
Third, rinses with high levels of alcohol can make rinsing unpleasant. This is because the alcohol creates a stinging sensation in the cheeks and gums. Typically, mouthwashes that range from 18 to 26 percent of alcohol provide this feeling. However, not all of them do. So, feel free to use a rinse that doesn’t have alcohol. It can still benefit you and your smile.
Do you have any questions about mouthwash in Draper, Utah? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact Pony Express Dental at your earliest convenience. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can if you just call 385-352-3136!