We know that having a dental hygiene routine keeps our oral health in check, but aside from daily brushing and flossing, should our routine include any other steps? Should you be using a daily mouthwash? Today we’re going to cover the different types of mouthwash, what they do, and the positives and negatives associated with usage.
Mouthwash (along with floss) was designed to help remove bacteria that brushing can easily miss due to the narrow spaces between teeth. There are two main types of mouthwash: therapeutic and cosmetic.
It’s important to remember that when selecting a brand of mouthwash, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
There is no hard and fast rule about when to use mouthwash. But according to the ADA, some manufacturers may recommend a specific order for their use, depending on ingredients, to maximize the benefits. It all comes down to personal preference. At Midlothian Dental, our dentists and dental hygienists typically use mouthwash as a final step in their daily dental hygiene routine.
Mouthwashes typically have a high volume of both alcohol and fluoride. Therefore, ingesting mouthwash should be avoided. This is also why mouthwashes aren’t recommended for children under the age of 6. If a child is too young, they may have a hard time refraining from swallowing the mouthwash.
If you have any lesions in your mouth, consult with a dentist before using a mouthwash. Some types of mouthwash could irritate lesions or open wounds. Open sores could also be a sign of an underlying health issue so we recommend consulting your dentist first.
If you have questions about which oral care products may be right for you, make an appointment with your Midlothian Dentist for a check-up by calling (804)293-2646.