Should you be using mouthwash?

woman gargle after brushing Sometimes it’s all you can do to brush and floss well. But should you be using mouthwash, too? Is mouthwash a valuable part of a dental care routine, or is it just one more thing to do and a waste of money? Read on for some more information about mouthwash so that you can decide for yourself.

The good and bad of mouthwash

There are many different kinds of mouthwash out there – some have extra flouride, some claim to get rid of bad breath, some reduce tooth sensitivity, some whiten teeth, and others keep plaque from growing and cavities from developing. Mouthwash can help to treat canker sores, and it can help pregnant women to make sure their teeth stay healthy.

You may have tried mouthwash and don’t feel as if it really did anything. If in doubt, you can always ask your dentist what he or she recommends – or if there is really a mouthwash that will work to solve your problem.

If you do decide on a mouthwash to use, remember that mouthwash isn’t a substitute for brushing and flossing. And you might want to keep in mind a few things about mouthwash:

• If you use a mouthwash with alcohol, it may increase the sensitivity of your teeth. An alcohol-free mouthwash is better for your gums and teeth.

• You should wait for half an hour in between brushing and using mouthwash for the mouthwash to really be effective. Sometimes the chemicals in your toothpaste and the chemicals in your mouthwash can actually cancel each other out.

• Gargle for at least a minute to really give the mouthwash a chance to work.

If you find the right mouthwash for your needs and use it properly, it can be a great addition to your health care routine – but make sure you also brush and floss thoroughly and eat nutritious foods, too! And, make sure you visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups. Take good care of your teeth by making an appointment at Soft Touch Dentistry. Call the Brighton office at (617) 782-9250 or the Newton office at (617) 332-8146 today!

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