Mouthwash is an easy way to help keep your smile clean. Typically used to freshen breath, mouthwash can also help remove food particles, keep your gums healthy and keep your teeth strong. There are several types of mouthwashes that can be used:
Fluoride mouthwash protects your teeth against cavities and can help those with gum disease. However, it is important to be careful with the amount of fluoride mouthwash you use, as too much can cause fluorosis. Please talk to our dental experts if you have any questions about using this type of mouthwash or concern over fluorosis.
Antiseptic mouthwash keeps bacteria out, protecting against infection and fighting bad breath. This type of mouthwash usually contains alcohol, which is not ideal for children or those with sensitive gums. Therefore, look for alcohol-free options instead.
Our dentists may prescribe a special mouthwash after oral surgery to help reduce sores or inflammation. Prescription mouthwashes may also be given to those who are fighting off an infection or have related issues, such as gingivitis.
When using mouthwash, use the amount shown on the bottle or advised by our dentists. Make sure to swish, rinse and then spit. Do not swallow the mouthwash, as it could be harmful to your health. If using a fluoride tooth rinse, do not eat for about 30 minutes after. Remember, mouthwash is never a replacement for your regular dental routine at home. You should always brush twice a day and floss daily.
At Premier Dental Associates, we love seeing our patients smile! If you have any questions about what kind of mouthwash to use, our dental experts are always happy to help.
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