One of the most important elements to complement tooth brushing, mouth rinse brings along a series of obvious advantages, influencing both your daily comfort and your general oral health. The impact of these products is generally double: by maintaining the bacterial equilibrium in your mouth, they ensure fresh breath and help, at least partially, to lowering the risks of tooth decay and cavities and, implicitly, that of gum disease.
Actually, mouth rinse should be introduced in your daily hygiene after brushing, for optimum results. After brushing, pour the exact quantity of mouth rinse in the cap, following the indications of the manufacturer, and rinse between 30 seconds and 1 minute. For best results, one should follow the advice written on the packaging, as these products have different levels of acidity. Mouth was ought to follow a couple of steps:
- The actual rinsing. Do not hold the mouth wash in the same part of your mouth. Instead, try to make it reach everywhere in your mouth.
- Gargle. Using a mouth wash solution for gargling helps lessening the number of bacteria on your tongue and in the back of your mouth.
- Fresh breath and taste. Based on your mouth wash of choice, the effects can last up to 3, or even 4 hours. Do not allow yourself to be deceived by the levels of acidity, as acids are but partially responsible with the efficacy of the product. „Sensitive” mouth washes can be as good as any other in this respect.
- Although it cannot replace brushing, mouth rinse can reach the entire surface inside your mouth, being thus directly responsible with maintaining bacterial equilibrium.
- There are specialized products, fighting against tartar, gingivitis, cavities, mouth rinse with flour, etc. Ask your dentist about your best option.
- Although there are insufficient conclusive studies on the subject, many dentists consider that the general health of your gums can be affected by mouth rinse usage, as it reduces germs.
Controversies and side effects
- Some mouth rinse containing Chlorhexidine can cause yellow teeth.
- Like toothpaste, mouth rinse affects taste.
- It is believed that, on the long run, there might be certain negative effects connected to the alcohol contained in some mouth washes.
- Excessive use of mouth rinse can disturb bacterial equilibrium in your mouth.