Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is critical to maintaining a healthy smile. Many patients know that brushing and flossing can reduce their risk of developing problems such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. But what about mouthwash? Many patients who visit Dr. Robert Lozano and his team at RB Dental Excellence often have questions about the use of mouthwash and how to integrate it effectively into their oral hygiene routine.
What is mouthwash?
The American Dental Association may recommend that patients use mouthwash as part of their oral hygiene routine to maintain a healthy smile. Mouthwash is a type of rinse used to take an extra step towards the prevention of disease and decay. Patients may see mouthwash in their oral health care aisles of the drugstore and wonder if they should consider using it. The answer is always a YES!
How to use mouthwash
Mouthwash is easy to use. Patients will want to read the instructions on the bottle of mouthwash and follow them closely to achieve the desired results. There are different types of mouthwashes with specific goals. Some reduce the risk of cavities when used as directed, while others can help with conditions such as swelling gums or tooth sensitivity.
Does mouthwash improve oral health?
Adding mouthwash into one’s oral hygiene routine is always a great idea as it can improve oral health while addressing various issues, including bad breath, tooth sensitivity, and gum health. Talking to Dr. Robert Lozano is the best way to ensure the proper mouthwash is selected.
Does mouthwash kill bacteria?
The mouthwashes available on the market also help kill bacteria that can contribute to infections such as periodontal disease. When paired with brushing and flossing, mouthwash use can assist even further in achieving and maintaining a smile free from harmful bacteria.
In what order should I perform brushing, flossing, and mouthwash?
There is no specific order in which patients will want to brush and floss their teeth. For most, it is a personal preference. However, mouthwash is intended to be used after brushing and flossing. Patients will want to talk to their dentist to determine a specific order to consider when integrating mouthwash into their daily routine.
How often should I use mouthwash?
Most patients will use mouthwash at least once a day, or each time they brush and floss. Dr. Robert Lozano may make recommendations as to how often to use mouthwash to ensure the best results.
What should I look for when purchasing a mouthwash?
Most patients will be able to use any variety of mouthwash if they are looking for something that can help in the prevention of cavities and infection. However, some patients may need to look for certain types of mouthwashes. Patients who have dry mouth, or xerostomia, may need a different mouthwash than patients who deal with tooth sensitivity or bad breath. In some cases, the dentist may prescribe a medical mouthwash when dealing with issues such as gingivitis or periodontal disease. Our dental team can make recommendations on the best mouthwash for a patient based on their unique situation.
Patients of the San Diego, CA area who consider integrating mouthwash into their dental hygiene routine are encouraged to book a consultation visit with our team at RB Dental Excellence. Call (858) 485-0707 to request an appointment with Dr. Robert Lozano at 16959 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite #103. We are open to new patients and provide several solutions for patients, including general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.