When you walk down the dental hygiene aisle at the store you see a number of different mouthwashes claiming to do different things. There are a lot of mouthwashes on the market, so how do you know what’s best for you? When looking to incorporate a mouthwash into your oral care routine, look for these.
There are several different types of mouthwashes that all do different things. Some are made to help you whiten your teeth, while others are to help do a little more. The American Dental Association explains that there are two main types of mouthwash:
If you are going to use a mouthwash, though, you’ll need to know what to look for at the store to get the most out of the product.
When you decide to implement a mouthwash into your dental care routine, you should look for certain ingredients before you buy. Healthline explains the ingredients you should keep your eyes out for:
Healthline further details what you should consider when buying a mouthwash. Those include what you want your mouthwash for and other considerations, like the price.
You might think it’s as simple as swishing it around and spitting it out, but there’s a little more to it than that. Do you know the proper use of mouthwash? Many people debate whether you should use it before or after you brush your teeth. However, once you purchase the rinse you would like to use, it should give you directions on the label for what they recommend.
Now, how often should you use mouthwash? It depends on what you’re using it for. To really get a deep clean, we recommend using it twice a day, however, if that’s not your concern, then once a day will work just fine for the other benefits.
Adding a mouthwash into your dental hygiene routine is NOT meant to replace brushing and flossing. Rinsing your mouth with a wash is meant to supplement, not replace. To ensure a fully cleaned mouth, follow these steps:
If you want to fight cavities, gum disease, and more, then mouthwash could be a good addition to your oral hygiene routine. However, mouthwash isn’t necessarily needed to maintain a clean, healthy smile. The most important part of your dental health is preventative care. Preventative dentistry can help catch problems early on, or in some cases, prevent them from happening entirely. This is also where having a good dental hygiene routine comes into play. If you brush and floss your teeth properly, then there really is no specific need for a mouthwash. However, brushing, flossing, and using a mouthwash are all things you can do multiple times a day to keep a healthy smile.
If you’re overdue for a routine appointment or just want to learn more about what you can do to keep a healthy smile, call Stonebrook Family Dental today to make an appointment: (303)-872-7907.