Although it is not a replacement for daily brushing and flossing, adding mouthwash to your routine helps maintain good oral hygiene. It is important to consider some key points before adding it to your routine.
- there are 2 types of mouthwash: cosmetic (whiten teeth and freshen breath) and therapeutic (kill oral bacteria and control gum disease)
- They can help control plaque, gingivitis, bad breath and tooth decay
- Children under 6 should never use it
- To earn approval, a mouthwash has provide or be subject to scientific testing and government approval
One question to ask yourself is “should I rinse before or after brushing?” That is a tough question, as it depends on your own personal preference, however in order to ensure that the product can be 100% effective it may be prudent to wait until after brushing. This ensures that the formulation of the mouthwash does not interfere with that of the toothpaste. But this isn’t necessarily the rule as your dentist may recommend rinsing before brushing. Speak with your dentist further to better understand what is the best approach for you, and always keep in mind that some mouthwashes may contain alcohol so keep away from children aged under 6 unless it’s a part of the treatment plan recommended by your dentist.
Cosmetic mouthwash is a mouthwash that has no effect on bacteria in your mouth. It simply freshens the breath, in contrast to therapeutic mouthwash that kills bacteria and can help with bad breath, gingivitis, plaque and tooth decay. Depending on the use of the mouthwash the chemical formulation for it is different. Therapeutic mouthwash can include fluoride and peroxide which are known to help with tooth decay. Keep in mind that mouthwashes containing chlorohexidine are only available through prescription by your dentist.
Always make sure that when using a mouthwash you follow the recommendations of your dentist and use as directed (dose, frequency, time in mouth) and always look for products that contain a seal of approval as this ensures that quantifiable data was used to back the claims of the manufacturer and that the product meets or exceeds government health regulations.
If you are looking for a dentist in Scarborough, feel free to give us a call at Malvern Dental and we can help.