Mouthwash is a very common step in our daily oral hygiene routines, but do we really know it’s purpose? It leaves our teeth and breath feeling minty fresh and clean, that’s for sure! But just how useful is it? Let’s dig a little deeper.
What is in mouthwash?
Mouthwash contains an antiseptic which basically kills and fights bad bacteria that can live in your mouth. This bacteria can thrive in between your teeth, on your gums, or on your tongue. Many people use mouthwash as a last step in their oral hygiene routine to kill off any bacteria their toothbrush or dental floss may have missed. This is an easy final step, as it just takes a 15 to 30 second swish to get the job done.
The many different types of mouthwash
Just as there are different types of toothpastes, there are different types of mouthwash too! Depending on what you are looking for, you can choose a mouthwash that fits your particular needs best. For example, if you have sensitive teeth, there are certain mouthwashes that contain an ingredient that soothes the nerves in your teeth while protecting the tooth enamel at the same time.
You are sure to find a mouthwash that suits your needs, even if you are only using it to freshen your breath! Many people enjoy a good swish right after brushing. However, be careful not to brush with a fluoride-based toothpaste, and then swish with a powerful mouthwash. This will basically take away the benefits of the toothpaste that you just brushed with.
Is mouthwash harmful?
As with many products, too much of anything can be harmful. A daily swish of mouthwash is totally fine, but don’t overdo it. If you are using a strong mouthwash, you may experience a burning or painful sensation with too much use. There are a lot of chemicals in mouthwash built to protect and strengthen your teeth all while refreshing your breath, but your mouth may become sensitive to those powerful chemicals. Take it easy with the mouthwash, though. Once a day or once every other day is perfectly fine. Moderation is key, and you know your body best.
Contact Dr. Sara and her team at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about how mouthwash can be a helpful addition to your oral hygiene routine. Mouthwash will keep your breath fresh, while keeping the bacteria at bay!