14 Apr 2017 What Mouthwash Can and Cannot Do for You
Many people who are conscientious about their dental health use mouthwash routinely, often once or twice a day, morning and night. It becomes a habit that they think little about, except to feel reassured they are practicing effective oral hygiene. Others never use mouthwash, believing it is unnecessary at best or harmful at worst. How exactly does mouthwash help or hurt you?
What it can do.
Mouthwash uses are many, including the aforementioned daily hygiene. A reliable oral rinse recommended by your dentist can help to remove deeply entrenched food particles below the gum line or wedged tightly between teeth. In addition, a safe rinsing product can kill most mouth bacteria on contact and help to sweeten breath that carries odors due to illness, pungent foods, limited brushing, or unpleasant substances like tobacco. Some dentists recommend swishing with a mouth rinse when you have a cold or sore throat to kill virus germs, as well. That clean, fresh sensation each day adds confidence to encourage smiles and conversation when you otherwise might be disinclined to open your mouth in an effort to cover bad breath. Many mouth rinse products contain added ingredients like fluoride to help prevent cavities. Some claim to protect tooth enamel or promote gum health. Discuss the best product to use for your particular dental needs.
What it can’t do.
Mouth rinses are not designed to replace daily brushing of the teeth with a good toothbrush. Nor should oral swishes take the place of twice-a-year dental checkups. Oral rinses are intended to supplement rather than replace other forms of quality dental care. Some people rinse dentures or retainers in the liquid rinse, but denture wear should not necessarily be soaked in the fluid without consulting your dentist or orthodontist.
Young children should not use mouth rinses, and older children’s use should be supervised. Some users worry that mouth rinse ingredients may irritate the mouth, causing sensitive teeth or gum inflammation. Certain people may be allergic to various product ingredients. Any symptoms that appear after use should be reported to your dentist. Emergency symptoms such as swelling of the mouth or face, breathing difficulty, redness, or itching may require immediate or emergency medical attention.
In general, many people appreciate the wide range of mouthwash uses that help to protect oral and dental health. Those that are unsure can ask their dentist or dental hygienist for mouthwash tips to use rinse products effectively and safely.