Proper oral hygiene is a crucial part of maintaining overall health and wellness. Along with brushing, flossing, and routine visits to your dentist for teeth cleanings, mouthwash can reduce bacteria. Here are a few do’s and don’ts of using mouthwash as a part of your daily hygiene routine.
Set a timer.
Just as you should brush for about two minutes, it’s important to rinse for an appropriate time as well. Dentists typically recommend rinsing for 30 to 60 seconds. Keep this rule of thumb in mind, but read the directions on the bottle as well. Set a timer to ensure you rinse long enough.
Use an alcohol-free product.
Some mouthwashes contain trace amounts of alcohol as an antibacterial. However, alcohol dries out the mouth. Without adequate saliva, the mouth can’t flush out sugars and acids, resulting in an increased risk of bacteria buildup and bad breath. Look for mouthwash that contains xylitol instead of one with alcohol. Chlorine dioxide is another beneficial alcohol substitute which kills sulfur compounds which cause bad breath.
Follow the rinse with water.
Find a mouthwash flavor you like so that you’re less inclined to rinse afterward with water. The ingredients in your rinse need a chance to work to protect your teeth. If you rinse them out with water immediately, that can’t happen. Drinking water immediately not only reduces efficiency, but it can also prevent your breath from staying fresh as long.
Use it as a replacement for brushing and flossing.
There’s not a consensus as to whether mouthwash is an essential part of an oral hygiene regimen. However, dentists do agree it is never to be used as a replacement for brushing and flossing. Rinse after brushing and flossing.
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