Posted by Default Admin on 27 August 2015

Pretty much everyone is aware that regular brushing is a key way to maintain a healthy mouth. However, there are several add-ons that you can incorporate into your daily oral hygiene routine to ensure that your teeth are kept in optimum condition. One of these is mouthwash. Here, we outline some key facts about mouthwash and what it can do for you.

You have options. There are so many different types of mouthwash available to purchase. Different options are formulated to concentrate on tooth whitening or for sensitive teeth or for bad breath - and often come in a range of different flavours - so you can choose the one that best suits your personal priorities. If unsure, it is best to ask your dentist what one they would advise. As a basic rule, one which contains fluoride is a great option as this helps reduce the danger of tooth decay.

Before using it, wait a while after brushing your teeth. Because toothpaste has a protective effect, it leaves a barrier upon your teeth which staves off bacteria. If you rinse away the toothpaste straight away with mouthwash, you may wash away this barrier and so run the risk of leaving your teeth open to damage. Instead, use mouthwash at other points in the day, for example at midday if you are a morning and evening brusher - ensure that there is at least an hour between you brushing your teeth and you using mouthwash. Always consult the packaging but mouthwash should normally be used once or twice a day.

It's an addition, not an alternative. Mouthwash should be used as well as rather than instead of brushing your teeth. Brushing, flossing and oral irrigators are all better ways of removing food debris from your teeth and you cannot rely on mouthwash to do the full job of protecting your teeth from decay. However, using it in combination with brushing is a way of making sure that you do your best to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you have any concerns or questions, please call us on 01443 887564 to discuss your options or book an appointment.