SWISH, GARGLE, SPIT – simple, right? Mouthwash is usually seen as an addition to your oral health, the cherry on top of your hygiene routine. But while you wear braces, are you using the right kind, and are you using it correctly?
Cosmetic Mouthwashes Mask Bad Breath
Most people think all mouthwashes do the same thing, but there are key differences you need to know! Cosmetic mouthwashes only serve to mask bad breath and leave your mouth with a pleasant taste – like a mint but with fewer calories.
Therapeutic Mouthwashes Attack Plaque
Therapeutic mouthwashes serve clinical purposes, like attacking bacteria and plaque, or strengthening teeth with fluoride. When buying therapeutic mouthwash, look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the bottle. Products that feature this logo have been evaluated by experts and meet specific standards for safety and effectiveness.
Read The Instructions
As with any health product, make sure you thoroughly read the instructions – yes, even for mouthwash! Here are some important things to note:
Some products recommend diluting before use. (Again, check the label!)
Most mouthwashes are not recommended for children under seven.
Rinsing right after a meal helps to inhibit bacteria growth and bad breath.
Avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after using a fluoridated mouthwash. This gives the fluoride more time to strengthen your teeth.
Mouthwash Can Be Handy While You’re In Braces
Regular brushing and flossing are far more important than using mouthwash. Mouthwash is not a substitute for the more important dental care habits.
However, mouthwash can be very convenient while you have braces. You can use it to rinse your mouth between meals and freshen your breath. Many patients find it convenient to keep a travel-size bottle in their purse or car. If you have any questions, ask us below, or talk with us about it next time you visit.