Are You Using the Right Mouthwash? | Dentist in Newington

While it’s important to remember that mouthwash isn’t a substitute for brushing and flossing, it can be a beneficial addition to your at-home oral care routine. Here’s what you need to know to choose the best mouthwash for your needs. For personalized recommendations or more information, contact East Cedar Dental Inc., your trusted Dentist in Newington.

Choosing the Right Mouthwash
There’s a wide range of mouthwash brands and types available, but most fall into two categories: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwashes only treat symptoms, like temporarily masking bad breath. Therapeutic mouthwashes, on the other hand, address the root cause of oral issues. Fluoridated anti-cavity mouthwashes strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities. Anti-bacterial and antiseptic mouthwashes eliminate odor and disease-causing bacteria, with antiseptic options typically containing more alcohol. Our team can help you understand these differences and find the right mouthwash for your needs.

Should I Use Mouthwash?
If you maintain a proper oral care routine and visit your dentist regularly, you may not need mouthwash. However, depending on your teeth’s unique needs, incorporating a specialized mouthwash into your routine could be beneficial. Although mouthwash doesn’t replace brushing and flossing, it can help keep your mouth fresh and clean throughout the day. Swishing mouthwash after meals can dislodge food particles stuck in your teeth and mask any lingering odors.

Tips for Your Mouthwash Routine
Use mouthwash after flossing, brushing, and rinsing your mouth. Swish it around for 30-60 seconds and avoid rinsing, eating, or drinking for at least 30 minutes afterward to let the mouthwash work.

Side Effects of Mouthwash
When used correctly, mouthwash has minimal risks. Many contain alcohol, which can cause a burning sensation in your mouth. If this persists or worsens over time, ask our dentist about alcohol-free alternatives. For children, it’s important to supervise their brushing routine, as swallowing mouthwash can be harmful.

Mouthwash can be a helpful tool for everyone. Whether you want to combat bad breath or protect against tooth decay or gum disease, there’s a mouthwash for you. Talk to our team during your next visit to learn more about incorporating mouthwash into your oral care routine.

For more tips on maintaining a healthy mouth or to schedule your next appointment, contact East Cedar Dental Inc. today!

East Cedar Dental Inc
Phone: (860) 667-0875
59 East Cedar Street
Newington, CT 06111
About the Doc: Dr. Farrokh began his career by earning his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Rochester in New York in 1998. He went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in Farmington.