Dental Mouth Washes
Along with brushing and flossing, people can use mouthwash or a mouth rinse to drastically improve their overall oral health. These antiseptic or cavity-fighting washes are used to kill germs that cause bad breath, plaque, cavities, and gingivitis. All mouthwashes are classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as either cosmetic, therapeutic, or a combination of the two. Cosmetic rinses are sold over-the-counter and offer short term solutions to bad breath and other oral hygiene problems, while therapeutic rinses give customers specialized protection against cavities and plaque.
You may need to use a specific mouthwash to combat different oral hygiene concerns like cavities or gingivitis, and a qualified dentist can recommend the best type of mouth rinse for your specific needs. Contact the Austin cosmetic dentists of BridgeView Dental today at 512-347-8299 to schedule an appointment with a qualified dental professional.
How to Properly Use Mouthwash
Using a mouthwash can be very beneficial to your overall oral hygiene by killing germs, preventing cavities or other diseases, as well as providing you with fresh breath. To properly use mouthwash, be sure to follow these steps:
- Always brush and floss before using any mouthwash
- Use only the amount recommended by either your dentist or on the container
- Rinse in mouth for at least 30 seconds
- Spit the liquid out, making sure you don’t swallow any
- For best results, do not eat for at least 30 minutes after using the mouthwash
While mouthwash can improve oral hygiene, you should also make sure you are seeing a dentist at least twice a year.