August 17, 2020
Brushing and flossing are at the top of your list when it comes to your oral hygiene routine, even if you aren’t the most diligent flosser in the world. However, mouthwash is often overlooked or saved for that occasional special event. But did you know that mouthwash is actually a great addition to your daily routine? There is more to the bright colored, minty substance than just freshening up your breath. Your dentist in Bensalem shares everything you need to know about mouthwash.
How Does Mouthwash Benefit Your Smile?
Even though mouthwash is most widely known to freshen breath, it has other advantages as well. It also helps to wash away food debris that is stuck in hard to reach places. As much as brushing and flossing clean your teeth, they cannot reach every single part of your mouth. It can also kill germs in the mouth that cause periodontal disease. Overall, you are left with more pleasant breath and a healthier smile. Keep in mind that mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing or flossing, but it is a great thing to get into the habit of using afterwards.
How Do You Use Mouthwash Properly?
To reap all of the benefits of mouthwash, it’s important that you’re using it as directed. Most brands recommend that you use it twice in a 24-hour period after you brush your teeth. Here’s the most effective and safest way to use it:
- Pour 20 millimeters (4 tsp) into a cup.
- Empty the liquid into your mouth.
- Swish the liquid all around your mouth for about 30 seconds. During this time, go ahead and gargle the mouthwash. Allow it to reach all areas of your mouth including the roof, teeth, gums, and tongue.
- Spit the solution out into the sink. Do not swallow!
Can Kids Use Mouthwash Too?
In general, younger children should not use mouthwash because they are less likely to avoid swallowing the product. Kids who are under the age of six should not be using it at all. Children between the ages of 6-12 should only use alcohol-free mouthwash under close adult supervision, however it is not a necessary step. All mouth rinses should be stored out of your child’s reach when they are not being used.
If you’re looking to amp up your oral hygiene routine, consider adding mouthwash. Not only will you have fresher breath but also a healthier smile!
About the Author
Dr. Shu-Zhen Kuang is a family dentist serving patients in Bensalem, PA. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry with her Doctor of Dental Medicine and underwent a one-year general practice residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Dr. Kuang works alongside cosmetic, restorative, and general dentists as well as a periodontist, so patients can get everything they need at one convenient location. For more information on proper oral hygiene or to schedule an appointment, visit her website or call (215) 752-5911.
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