The ins-and-outs of mouthwash

Dental Health Advice

Using the best mouthwash for your situation doesn’t only target the build-up of unwanted plaque but also keeps your teeth and gums healthy. It isn’t however a substitute for brushing or flossing and should be treated as an additional task.

When and how to use mouthwash

Using mouthwash is a relatively simple task that can prove beneficial when used properly. The act of rinsing your mouth with mouthwash after brushing or flossing can further remove difficult-to-reach plaque, give you better-smelling breath and strengthen tooth enamel or fight gum disease.

1. Brush your teeth and floss
Ahead of using the best mouthwash for you, it is recommended to brush and floss your teeth beforehand. This is because mouthwash doesn’t act as a replacement and won’t loosen plaque to that extent. 

2. Measuring the amount to use
Typically a mouthwash bottle comes with a handy measuring cup which is recommended to use. If not, the specific bottle you purchase will contain instructions on the side that can provide the correct level of guidance.

3. Rise your mouth with the mouthwash and spit it out
The next step to using mouthwash is to rinse. After roughly 30 seconds of rinsing and gargling the liquid, it is essential to spit out the mouthwash. This is because the mouthwash typically contains a high level of alcohol and fluoride and isn’t meant to be digested. Directly attempting to drink mouthwash won’t provide any kind of benefit.

The benefits of using mouthwash

Deciding to introduce the best mouthwash for your situation into your daily cleaning routine does come with a number of benefits. Not only is it recommended by most dentists, but it also provides a level of cleanliness and plaque-targeting technology to give you a fresher smile for longer.

It is scientifically proven (within a study in 2010) that using the best mouthwash on a regular basis encourages healthier teeth and gums, reducing symptoms of gum disease, mouth ulcers or swollen gums. Mouthwash has been designed to target the bacteria which target these areas.

What ingredients are included in a typical bottle of mouthwash?

In most bottles of mouthwash, the ingredients don’t differ too much from one another with some ingredients crossing over despite branding and bottle shape.

Cetylpyridinium Chloride – Provide a better-smelling breath after use.

Chlorhexidine – Assists in controlling plaque and gingivitis.

Essential Oils – Assists in controlling plaque and gingivitis.

Fluoride – Helps prevent tooth decay.

Peroxide – Contributes to teeth whitening.

Sodium Fluoride – Helps prevent tooth decay and decreases tooth sensitivity.

Eucalyptus – Assists in preventing plaque and gingivitis. 

Hydrogen Peroxide – Helps with teeth whitening and is highly effective in penetrating the hard tissues of the teeth.

Further details regarding the ingredients contained within the best mouthwash you’re looking to purchase can be found on the bottle. If you are unsure of which mouthwash to choose, we suggest getting in touch with your normal dentist.

Further dental assistance

If you’re currently experiencing any issues with your oral health, feel free to get in touch with our experts. Whether you’re looking to be seen in person by one of our professional dentists or would prefer a virtual appointment, we’re happy to assist. 

Further dental advice is also provided on our website. For more information on oral health, as well as other forms of information, explore them on our website.

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