Today we’re going to be talking about mouthwashes. A lot of my patients ask me if they have to floss or brush that often because they use mouthwash. So, let me say mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing.
You can think of plaque as like algae on a rock in a fish tank the mouthwash just kind of washes over that you need a mechanical action to get that plaque off so remember, it’s not a substitute it’s just an added benefit.
You don’t have to use it but if you do like to use mouthwash let’s go through the different types.
Crest Scope is more of a cosmetic mouthwash, it helps freshen breath and it has a pleasant taste.
Listerine Zero has anti-bacterial properties in it, so if you’re prone to gingivitis or gum disease you can use this after brushing and flossing.
Act has more fluoride in it to help with cavities so if you’re prone to cavities you’re going to want to use the Act. Listerine also makes a mouthwash with fluoride in it.
Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rise is something your dentist would prescribe to you if you’re prone to gum disease, or periodontal disease that would help with that. You can get stained with this so if you notice staining talk to your dentist and we can help you with that. Biotène is good for dry mouth so if you feel like your mouth is dry this will provide you some relief.
With mouth rinse, you’re going to want to follow the directions on the back of the bottle. Usually it’s about 3/4 of a cap full depending on how big the cap is. You want to measure it out and swish for 30 seconds.
Something you also want to keep in mind with kids, don’t give them mouth rinse unless you’re sure that they can spit. Reall little kids can end up swallowing it, if you or your child swallows it you can contact poison control.
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