Thanks for visiting our Destination Dentistry blog. Today’s post discusses mouthwash. Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively though, good oral hygiene starts with thorough tooth brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is an optional tool in your dental hygiene tool box.
It is important for you to know what kind of mouthwash you’re using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.
If you suffer from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay such as fluoride. Use caution when using mouthwashes because many of the ingredients are dangerous when the recommended amount of mouthwash is exceeded.
Some of the poisonous components are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately. The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions about mouthwash ingredients.
At Destination Dentistry, we want everyone to have great smelling breath, but to use caution when treating their bad breath. Make sure to read your mouthwash label and follow all instructions given.
In addition to preventative dental care, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you’re anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, talk to us about teeth whitening. We also provide CEREC Same Day Porcelain Crowns and family dentistry.
We have been improving the smiles of residents in Custer and the surrounding areas since 1978. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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