Mouthwash is important for more than just keeping your breath fresh and smelling great. Combined with other forms of dental hygiene, it can help prevent plaque, cavities, gingivitis, and other gum diseases. But it may be difficult for you to choose the right mouthwash off the shelf. Dr. Brooks Graves and our team at Preston One Dental Studio wanted to share a few things to look for when choosing a mouthwash.
- Fluoride mouthwashes
Fluoride has been the subject of many debates in the oral health community. If you live in the United States, the tap water already contains small amounts of fluoride to promote dental health. You may not need to use a fluoride mouthwash if this is the case. However, if you are cavity-prone, fluoride creates a protective film over the teeth that protects against these buildups. It also helps strengthen the enamel over the teeth, maintain good dental hygiene, and keep your teeth strong for the rest of your life.
- Alcohol mouthwashes
Alcohol in mouthwash works as an antiseptic: it clears the mouth of germs and some viral infections. However, if you have issues relating to dry mouth, alcohol can exacerbate the problem. If this is the case, consider using an alcohol-free mouthwash. This will free your mouth from the drying effects of the alcohol base. Also, if you have children, you will want to get an alcohol-free children’s mouthwash, because kids are prone to swallowing the substance, and this can lead to toxic side effects. Even if you are an adult using the mouthwash, if it contains alcohol, you should avoid swallowing it.
- Antibacterial mouthwashes
Antibacterial mouthwashes have chemicals to help fight gum disease and other infections. Most mouthwash products contain at least trace amounts of these antibacterials; however, some mouthwashes are made specifically to fight bacterial infections. Remember that mouthwash is prevention, not a cure, so if you are presently suffering from a bacterial infection, you should visit our Plano, TX office right away. Dr. Brooks Graves may be able to recommend a more powerful antibacterial mouthwash that can help you reduce your pain and other symptoms.
For most healthy patients Dr. Graves and Melissa Scott RDH at Preston One Dental recommend Listerine Zero due to essential oils, minty taste, no alcohol burn and patient satisfaction, because if you don’t like it…you wont use it! For patients who have Periodontal Disease we prefer to give those patients OxyFresh Lemon Mint Power Rinse! This rinse has a clinically proven 57% rate of increase in Clinical Attachment Levels of the tissue surrounding your teeth.
Dr. Brooks Graves
Preston One Dental Studio