Hi, I’m Dr. Michael Tornow. Thanks for visiting my Sundance Dental & Orthodontics blog. Today’s post discusses mouthwash. Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively. Good oral hygiene starts with thorough brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is an optional tool in your dental hygiene tool box.
It is important for you to know what kind of mouthwash they are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.
If you suffer from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay such as fluoride. Use caution when using mouthwashes; many of the ingredients are dangerous when the recommended amount of mouthwash is exceeded.
Some of the poisonous components are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately. The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions about mouthwash ingredients.
At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics we want everyone to have great smelling breath, but to use caution when treating their bad breath. Make sure to read your mouthwash label and follow all instructions given.
In addition to preventative dental care, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, ask us about teeth whitening. We also provide full-service high-tech dentistry and family dentistry.
At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics we have been improving the smiles of residents in Farmington, and the surrounding areas since 2004. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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