While some patients can benefit from using mouthwash, oral hygiene consists of many factors, so an oral rinse is not always essential. Understanding what these products do and how to use them effectively is crucial.
What Does Mouthwash Do?
Many people use mouthwash because it can help disguise bad breath. It leaves the mouth feeling fresh and rinses away plaque. Like fluoride toothpaste, it can combat gum disease if it contains the right ingredients.
Patients with sensitive teeth, dry mouth, and other dental conditions may find it helpful. In these cases, their dentists will recommend a specialised product to add to their oral care routines.
Who Doesn’t Need Mouthwash?
Patients who brush and floss twice a day correctly should not need mouthwash. Strangely enough, patients with bad breath may also not need an oral rinse. While the product helps freshen the breath, it does nothing for the underlying cause.
What Mouthwash Cannot Do
Mouthwash can rinse off some plaque and bacteria. However, it’s not a substitute for brushing or flossing. Food particles can lodge themselves in interdental spaces, creating a haven for bacteria.
It’s best to use mouthwash to finish off your regular dental routine, not in place of it. It’s also advisable to select a product from a reputable brand with an established track record.
How to Use an Oral Rinse
Mouthwash is easy to use. Simply put a capful of the liquid in your mouth and swish it around for at least 30 to 60 seconds. Gargle with it after the allotted time before spitting it out.
Not Sure Whether Mouthwash Is the Right Choice
Book a check-up at Coast Family Dental in Currimundi today for expert advice on mouthwash and all other aspects of dental health. Book using our convenient online service or call our team on (07) 5437 9000.