Should you be using mouthwash?

iStock 1271098564 The commercials claim that mouthwash can do it all – fight cavities, give you fresh breath, even give you whiter teeth. But, you’ve tried one or two different brands and they didn’t seem to do anything at all. Is mouthwash important for preventing oral health problems, or is it just a waste of money? 

What kind of mouthwash to choose?

If you’ve walked down the toothpaste aisle at the grocery store, you’ve probably noticed that you have many types of mouthwash to choose from. There are some that say they stop bad breath, provide extra fluoride, whiten teeth, reduce tooth sensitivity, or keep plaque from growing and building up on your teeth. If you aren’t sure which one is best for you, you can always ask your dentist what he or she recommends. 

Remember that mouthwash isn’t a substitute for the rest of your oral care routine. Make sure to floss and brush, and keep visiting your dentist at least twice a year, even if you find a mouthwash you like. 

Why doesn’t mouthwash ever seem to do what it is supposed to?

You may have tried mouthwash in the past but stopped using it because it didn’t seem to do what the label said it would. It could be that you aren’t using it right. 

Ideally, you should wait for half an hour in between brushing and using mouthwash, because the ingredients in the toothpaste and in the mouthwash can cancel each other out. You should also make sure to gargle with your mouthwash for at least a minute, to give it enough time to start working. 

If you find that your teeth become more sensitive when you use mouthwash, it could be because of the alcohol in it. An alcohol-free mouthwash is better for your teeth and for your gums, too. 

When used properly, and not as a substitute for regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, mouthwash can be a great way to help keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling great. If you have any questions about keeping your teeth their healthiest, call Hampton Dental Associates in Milwaukee. Call (414) 464-9021 for an appointment today!

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