Mouthwash can be a highly beneficial addition to any dental hygiene regimen. However, we find there are a lot of misconceptions out there about rinses. To make sure you’re using your it correctly, be sure to check out these eight facts that everyone should know!
1. Mouthwash does not cure bad breath.
While it certainly helps you to fight bad breath, it definitely doesn’t cure it. In fact, some causes of bad breath reside in the lungs or stomach—not the mouth—so it only serves to temporarily mask it. If your bad breath is persistent, be certain to get it checked out as it may be a symptom of a greater issue.
2. Mouthwash combats gum disease.
It may not serve as a cure-all for bad breath, but it can help to prevent major health issues. Your mouth rinse kills bacteria that linger on the teeth, which could otherwise lead to decay. If decay is left untreated, if can lead to infections and gum disease. By using mouthwash regularly, you help to stop the cycle of decay in its tracks.
3.Mouthwash fights cavities.
By strengthening your enamel and demineralizing your teeth, a fluoride rinse can do wonders for fighting tooth decay. For this reason, we highly recommend including mouthwash into your daily dental care routine.
4. Mouthwash cannot replace brushing.
It is certainly beneficial to use mouthwash as a part of your oral healthcare regimen, but it cannot be the sole component of your routine. Brushing and flossing play a vital role in eliminating food residue and plaque from your teeth and gums, and therefore they cannot be replaced with a rinse.
5. It prevents plaque.
Mouthwash is excellent for helping to prevent the build-up of plaque. That said, it does not help you to remove existing plaque—for this reason, you must also pair it with brushing and flossing.
6. Pregnant women can (and should!) use it.
Oral health issues—such as gum disease and tooth decay—can impact a woman’s pregnancy and even increase the likelihood of complications. For this reason, mouthwash is highly recommended for pregnant women.
7.Not all mouthwashes are created equal.
In fact, some are made to serve different purposes. First, you have your antibacterial mouthwash, which is commonly used to control bad breath and fight plaque by killing bad bacteria. Then, you have a fluoride rinse, which will help those who don’t drink enough fluoridated water to fight gum disease and tooth decay. Prescription strength rinses are also a separate entity, used by those suffering from gingivitis and gum disease. Talk to your dentist at TruBlu Dentistry to ensure you’re using the correct mouthwash for your needs.
8. It does matter how long you rinse.
We understand that mouthwash can sting—this is a result of the alcohol content. However, it needs to be in contact with your teeth and gums for about 30 seconds in order to be effective. Be sure to carefully read your instructions in order to ensure you’re using it properly.
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