Mouthwash is often the most underused but important aspect of your dental health routine. It isn’t a replacement for brushing or flossing, but a useful additive to your oral health. Certain areas of your mouth can’t be reached with brushes and floss. Mouthwash is the solution. It neutralizes the bacteria, keeping your mouth fresh. Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos recommend mouthwash to their patients in Pacific Beach, CA.
Two types of mouthwash are available, cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic is best for just treating bad breath. Therapeutic focuses on controlling gingivitis, plaque, and tooth decay. There are many different types of therapeutic mouthwash. Each one has specific benefits. It may seem overwhelming, but your Pacific Beach dentists can offer guidance.
Your mouthwash container comes with specific instructions. Here are some general steps to follow:
-Read the instructions and pour the specific amount into your mouth.
-With your mouth closed, swish it around your mouth. Do so for the recommended amount of time on the label.
-Spit, never swallow the mouthwash! It contains certain substances, like fluoride, which can be detrimental in large doses.
-Avoid drinking or eating for at least thirty minutes afterward.
Here are a few general tips for purchasing a mouthwash. If you have a sensitive mouth, pay close attention to the ingredients. Invest in a sensitive mouthwash. There are also alcohol-free and natural types available. There are even mouthwashes that help you prevent plaque and tartar.
Prevention is the key to a healthy life. Mouthwash is just one step in the right direction. To learn more about keeping a clean mouth, contact All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos, visit our website or call 858-270-4904.