What is your dental self-care routine? Do you brush when you wake up in the morning, before breakfast, eager to get rid of that morning breath? Do you wait until you’ve eaten a meal so that your brushing will work away food particles? Do you brush again at night? Right after dinner? Right before bed? When and how often to you floss your…
What is your dental self-care routine? Do you brush when you wake up in the morning, before breakfast, eager to get rid of that morning breath? Do you wait until you’ve eaten a meal so that your brushing will work away food particles? Do you brush again at night? Right after dinner? Right before bed? When and how often to you floss your teeth? And finally, do you use mouthwash? Knoxville dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, shares the advantages of mouthwash and the ingredients to consider when deciding which brand and type to buy.
The Mouthwash Routine
When you include mouthwash in your normal oral hygiene routine, you are super-charging your dental health. Mouthwash, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) can help prevent gum disease by reducing the bacteria count in your dental plaque. Swishing mouthwash can also reach areas of your mouth that your toothbrush and floss cannot get to. The back of the throat and insides of the cheeks are common hideouts for bacteria which can multiply and cause bad breath and inflammation. Just about every mouthrinse will give your breath a nice minty smell, temporarily, but it is important to take more elements into consideration when choosing the right mouthwash for you.
How to Choose a Good Mouthwash
When you stare at the dental hygiene products aisle, you may feel overwhelmed. However, don’t just grab the bottle of mouthrinse that happens to be on sale. Pay close attention to the ingredients, and avoid rinses that contain alcohol. These types of mouthwash can be very harsh and dry out your mouth. Dry mouth actually leads to bad breath, so this can turn out to be a vicious cycle. If fluoride is one of the ingredients in a mouthwash you are considering, you are likely on the right track. Fluoride can help prevent tooth decay by strengthening the protective enamel on your teeth. Also, seek a mouthwash that touts its ability to kill germs.
Visit Your Knoxville Dentist
Are you due for a dental checkup, or have you been experiencing unsual symptoms such as dry mouth? For a consultation with your Knoxville dentist, contact our Knoxville dental office at 865-240-2035. Dr. Erpenbach as well as our team of dental professionals look forward to helping you restore your optimal oral health with conservative periodontal disease treatment.