Will Mouthwash Work Well For You?

Mouthwash can have many benefits, including boosted oral health and fresh breath. There are many different kinds for many different needs, but there are some general tips to get the most out of it. Check out some of the benefits, what you should look out for, and how to use it!

Mouthwash has many benefits. There are several different kinds of mouthwashes that will do different things for your oral health. Antiseptic mouthwashes fight off plaque from forming on your teeth; therefore, they lower the risk of cavities and gum disease. Mouthwash that has fluoride in it fights tooth decay. There is also mouthwash that can reduce bad breath by including a refreshing and minty burst of flavor. Mouthwash may help canker sores by reducing the bacteria that can irritate and perpetuate the sore. In addition, a cleaner mouth and healthier gums lead to safer pregnancies. Women with gum disease are more at risk for giving birth pre-term. Using mouthwash can create healthy, bacteria-free gums, which will reduce this risk.

As with most health products, there are some things to look out for. There are some people who should not use mouthwash, and certain types of mouthwash that may aggravate certain conditions. For instance, as mentioned earlier, mouthwash may help clear up a canker sore, but mouthwash with a high level of alcohol in it may actually irritate canker sores. Alcohol-based mouthwash may also dry out gum tissue and lead to tooth sensitivity. The American Dental Association has put its seal of acceptance on mouthwashes that they have deemed safe; however, each person has different needs and different levels of sensitivity, so a trials and errors may be involved to right the right mouthwash for you. Children under the age of six should not use mouthwash, as they may swallow it.

To get the best benefits of your mouthwash, you want to be sure you are using it correctly. Pay close attention to your dentist’s instructions, if prescribed. If store bought, be sure to read the label carefully. Some mouthwashes are meant to be diluted, so follow these guidelines for your safety. If it does not need to be diluted, do not dilute it, as this will lessen the effects. Make sure to use the right amount, swish it around your mouth for the correct length of time, and use it at the right frequency. Using it too often may harm your mouth more than help it.

Mouthwash may or may not be recommended by your dentist, so if you are curious about the benefits mouthwash may offer you, be sure to ask your dentist about it. Also, always remember that mouthwash is not a replacement for routine brushing and flossing. You should still brush two or three times per day and floss daily.

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