Mouthwash is a product commonly used for daily oral hygiene. Despite what many may think, this product is essential to keep your mouth health at bay. We explain the reasons and how to use it correctly.
The use of mouthwash or mouthwash in the daily routine of oral hygiene is very important in the first place because teeth account for only 25% of the oral cavity. It goes without saying that brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes is the fundamental basis for keeping your teeth healthy. As well as the use of dental floss, since brushes are not 100% effective for interproximal hygiene since there are areas of the teeth that none of them reach.
Despite brushing and flossing, the other 75% of the mouth is exposed to bacteria and the harmful effects of plaque. If it is not fought effectively, you run the risk of getting cavities or periodontal diseases such as gingivitis. In addition, the use of mouthwash helps to regulate the pH of the mouth and provides fresh breath.
Hence the great importance of the daily use of a mouthwash, although it should be borne in mind that it will never replace a toothbrush or floss. In fact, to enjoy a totally healthy mouth, it is essential to follow the steps to achieve a perfect toothbrush.
The Best Mouthwash for Everyone
There are many types of mouthwash on the market for every type of mouth or to prevent different pathologies. There are anti-caries, specific for bad breath and also specific to fight against gum disease, among others.
- Those that are indicated for fighting cavities contain fluoride.
- Specific mouth rinses to care for gums and fight bad breath contain triclosan, as well as mint and other aromatic herbs.
- There are also specific mouthwashes for children or people who use orthodontics that does not have alcohol in their composition.
- There are also specific mouthwashes on the market to combat dry mouth that contain xylitol, betaine or aloe vera.
- And there are also some that must be prescribed beforehand by the dentist and are not for daily use, which fights against gum diseases such as gingivitis; these carry chlorhexidine.
If you have a healthy mouth, it is best to use a mouthwash that contains fluoride and, if possible, does not contain alcohol.
How to use Mouthwash Correctly
To use the mouthwash or mouthwash correctly, simply rinse with the product after brushing and flossing. Just rinsing for about 30 seconds will be enough; then spit it out. It is very important that you avoid drinking or eating for the next 30 minutes so that the rinse takes effect.
If children are going to use mouthwash, it is very important to purchase an age-specific mouthwash because adult mouthwashes contain large amounts of fluoride and can cause fluorosis. In this blog, we already tell you everything you should know about dental fluorosis. In addition, before introducing the mouthwash in the oral hygiene of children, it is essential that we make sure that they know how to spit correctly, as they should not be swallowed in any way. This usually happens around the age of six.
We hope we have cleared up all your doubts about mouthwash. However, if you are in any doubt as to which oral rinse is the most suitable for each member of your family, it is best to have the advice of your trusted dentist, who will undoubtedly know how to guide you.