Whether you’re a regular mouthwash user or haven’t yet made it part of your daily routine, you may be wondering whether rinsing with mouthwash actually works. After all, can a 30-second swish-around really make a difference to your oral health?
While we’re all aware of the importance of brushing (which removes food, bacteria, and plaque) and flossing (to reach where your toothbrush can’t), most of us are unsure about the role of mouthwash and whether it can improve our oral hygiene.
We’re taking a closer look at this and concluding whether a daily rinse can really have an impact on the health of your teeth.
The short answer is yes, it can help to reduce certain dental issues like plaque and gingivitis.
However, it’s important to understand that mouthwash alone isn’t enough for good oral health. It’s not a cure for bad breath and it definitely needs to be supported by twice-daily brushing, proper flossing, and regular check-ups with your dental practitioner.
If you’ve ever browsed the supermarket shelves for a bottle, you’ll know there’s a huge range of products on the market. Understanding what ingredients your mouthwash contains can help you select the right product for your needs.
Feeling confused about the vast array of products on offer? If you’re struggling to select a mouthwash that’s right for you, you might find the following tips useful:
Rinsing with a saltwater mouthwash can be an effective short-term solution which is more natural than shop-bought products.
As salt is a natural disinfectant and can help to reduce tissue swelling, dental practitioners often recommend salt water rinsing after dental surgery (such as when you’ve had teeth removed), as well as if you’re suffering from an infection or mouth ulcers.
The use of a saltwater variation is usually recommended for a period of 2-3 weeks, as long-term use can soften and erode the tooth enamel, leaving your teeth more vulnerable to cavities and chipping.
If you need more advice on mouthwash to help with a particular dental or oral health condition, make an appointment with your North Shore Dentistry practitioner today.
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