The Truth in Every Rinse: The Workings of Mouthwash

15253378-open-mouthSilently sitting on sinks and kitchen counter tops, your mouthwash plays probably one of the most underrated roles of a superhero. Countless times one swish of this liquid in the mouth has saved people from a bad first impression when meeting potential business investors or a first date. It does not need a cape to save the taste buds from the tragedy of undesirable food encounters. But, while its benefit is right on the spot, it does not last long.

Popularly regarded as the first aid to eliminating bad breath, it is true that mouthwash does relieve bad breath, but only temporarily. However, it should be emphasized that its function lacks the capability to remove the underlying causes of bad breath such as diseases involving the digestive system, dental cavities, and periodontal diseases. If a person finds the need to use mouthwash more than usual and necessary, it is strongly suggestive of underlying problems which should be assessed by a dentist. Therefore, it is technically right to say that the use of mouthwash is a preventive measure.

There are two classifications of mouthwashes. Therapeutic mouth rinse has antibacterial properties that can prevent build-up of bacteria and development of gum disease. Some of these therapeutic mouth rinses contain fluoride which helps in protecting teeth and strengthening them. The other type is referred to as cosmetic mouthwash. These are only used to relieve bad breath. They do not contain antibacterial ingredients.

On the other hand, mouthwashes can be also be classified into alcohol or non-alcohol. The majority of mouthwashes available on the market have alcohol in them. Alcohol can cause dryness of the mouth. Alcohol-free mouthwashes are generally milder and are more suitable for people with mouth sensitivity. Alcohol-free forms are also recommended for children because of the danger in accidental swallowing.

Aside from guaranteed instant fresh breath, using mouthwash can help with the removal of food debris in the mouth. Some people use it as a substitute for brushing and flossing, which is a grave mistake. The simple act of rinsing a liquid in the mouth can’t effectively free teeth from potential plaque-forming substances. According to dentists, it doesn’t matter the order of brushing, flossing, and rinsing as long as you perform each one in your oral hygiene routine.

Lastly, mouthwashes or mouth rinses are screened for quality and effectiveness. This is done by the American Dental Association. Those washes and rinses that are proven safe and suitable for public consumption carry with them ADA seals as proof that they are scientifically-tested. This proof also comes with a brief statement from ADA explaining why a specific brand earned the seal.

Nighttime Oral Hygiene

nighttime oral hygieneKeeping your oral health top notch is not just important during the day.  Your mouth needs protection at night too. Nighttime oral hygiene is especially important because we don’t swallow when we are asleep.  You don’t want to give the bacteria in your mouth things to feed off of during the night.

The three basic steps to nighttime oral hygiene are brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. Brushing protects your teeth from plaque buildup. You should use a soft bristled with toothpaste that has fluoride in it. Be sure to brush right before you go to bed. But if you are more susceptible to dental disease, you may want to brush after you eat dinner as well.

Flossing between teeth allows you to reach plaque that can’t be removed by brushing. Flossing should be done twice a day especially if you are more susceptible to gum disease.

Rinsing with a therapeutic mouthwash helps to keep your teeth plaque and cavity free.  It also helps to keep breath fresh. Be sure to rinse before going to sleep.

A Guide To Nighttime Oral Care|Everyday Health

Important Things To Remember About Dental Health This Year

dental healthDental health is one of the last things that most people want to think about. Brushing, flossing and eating healthy are all important as well as keeping up on dental cleanings and exams. 1dental put together a list of things that will help you remember about your dental health this new year.

One important thing for your dental health is to find a good dentist. It’s difficult to know where to start.  One great tip is to take recommendations.  Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a great dentist. Some other things to keep in mind are the location, schedule, staff, cleanliness, cost and if they accept your insurance.

Another important thing to remember about dental health is regular flossing and brushing.  But don’t stop there, using mouthwash can also benefit your health by decreasing cavities, disinfecting the mouth and preventing gum disease. Some healthy foods that will benefit your oral health are milk, yogurt, nuts, oranges, apples, cheese and mushrooms.

Some things that may be harmful to your dental health are coffee, swimming, over brushing, diet pills, chewing ice, nail biting and smoking.  Sodas are also harmful to your teeth because of the acid.

Another thing to keep in mind is the connection between exercise and oral health.  How healthy your mouth is will affect the health of your entire body.

What To Remember For Your Dental Care This Year|1Dental

Your Mouthwash Does Much More Than Freshen Your Breath

mouthwashMost people gargle mouthwash each day to keep their mouth and breath fresh and minty. But mouthwash does much more than freshen your breath.  Dentists say mouthwash and other rinses can be beneficial to overall oral health and an important part of daily oral hygiene. People gargle mouthwash thinking it will get rid of bad breath, but that is the minty liquid’s least effective function.

There are two types of mouthwashes, cosmetic and therapeutic.  Cosmetic rinses reduce and help control bad breath, but don’t really kill the bacteria that can cause bad breath.  Therapeutic rinses are made to reduce tooth plaque, inflammation of the gums and they neutralize the acidity of the mouth.  Fluoride and xylitol rinses also help to prevent cavities.

Therapeutic rinses neutralize the pH of the mouth that can lead to tooth decay.  When the bacteria in our mouth consume carbohydrates and sugars, their metabolic waste is acid and this can result in tooth decay.

When purchasing mouthwash, look for rinses that contain xylitol.  This is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol which certain bacteria are unable to metabolize, so it helps to neutralize the acidity. Dentists also recommend looking for rinses that do not contain alcohol as these can dry out the mouth.  A dry mouth can cause bad breath.

Above all, if you have to use excessive amounts of mouthwash to freshen your breath, you probably have an underlying problem.  Be sure to discuss this with your dentist so that you can take care of the situation.

There Is More To Your Mouthwash Than A Minty Taste|Wall Street Journal

Are You Using Mouthwash?

mouthwashBrushing and flossing daily is the most important part of dental hygiene, but did you know that using an anti bacterial mouthwash important as well?  When you go shopping for mouthwash it may be a bit confusing.  There are a lot of options. There are therapeutic mouthwashes and cosmetic mouthwashes.

Therapeutic mouthwash is meant to fight off dental disease like tooth decay and gum disease. It will contain anti bacterial and tarter control properties. They may also contain fluoride which can help to fight tooth decay. Anti bacterial mouthwash helps prevent gum disease by decreasing the amount of bad bacteria in the mouth. There are a few disadvantages though.  A lot of mouthwashes contain alcohol which can irritate canker sores.  It can also dry out the mouth.

Cosmetic mouthwash includes agents that freshen breath.  They may also contain whitening agents.  These types of mouthwash don’t include any therapeutic agents.  They don’t really help to fight tooth decay and gum disease.  Many people use these to try to cover up chronic bad breath that may be caused because of poor dental hygiene.  It is important to always still brush and floss daily and see your dentist regularly.  If you have any questions about your breath or mouthwash, be sure to ask your dentist.

Are you Choosing The Right Mouthwash?|Dr. Perrone