When it comes to preventative dental care, mouthwash can be one of the most confusing subjects of the bunch. Some people fail to use it at all, believing toothbrushing and flossing are enough. Others balk at the mouthwash selection available at their local grocery store, unsure of which option is best for their mouths. No matter where you stand on this issue, we have a few pieces of advice to help settle the mouthwash debate and the many questions it’s spawned. Read on to learn more.
Is Mouthwash Safe for Kids?
The answer to this common question is “yes”—with certain conditions. The most important is the age of your child. If your child is any younger than six years old, most preventative dentistry professionals wouldn’t recommend giving them mouthwashes if only because there’s a reasonable chance they’ll swallow it. However, older children should be able to use mouthwash with little to no problems. If you would really like your children to use mouthwash as early as possible, it’s best to supervise during the brushing process and perhaps let your child practice mouthwash use with a cup of water beforehand.
How Can Mouthwash Help With Oral Health?
One of the best qualities of mouthwash is its ability to help alleviate several oral health problems. Depending on the brand, mouthwash contains a myriad of ingredients meant to boost dental wellness. By incorporating a swig of mouthwash into your dental preventative care routine, you can potentially ease dry mouth, bad breath, gingivitis and plaque, and stave off cavities—especially if you frequently develop them. Before you rush out to buy a bottle, however, it’s best to consult with your dentist on whether to start using mouthwash and how frequently.
When Should I Use Mouthwash?
While some professionals recommend using your mouthwash after brushing and flossing, the order of your dental hygiene routine doesn’t really matter. What does matter is the quality of each step of your routine. If you don’t brush properly, for instance, mouthwash won’t be of much help to you. Be sure to check the instructions for your mouthwash before you begin use. Ideally, you should swish it around your mouth for a total of 30 seconds minimum. This will maximize the benefits it has to offer.
The most important thing to remember is mouthwash can only do so much for your dental health. Making regular dental preventative care appointments will also ensure your teeth stay as healthy as possible. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have about mouthwash use, or to schedule your next appointment!