Eenie Minie Mo - The Mouthwash Game

Eenie Minie Mo - The Mouthwash Game
Posted on 09/15/2016

The dental aisle at the grocery store can be daunting, how are you supposed to know which mouthwash will be best to use for yourself?! Here are a few tips to help clear up the conundrum in aisle 3.

First you need to think about why you want to begin using mouthwash. Maybe you think your breath could use a little help or your last check up at the orthodontist and dentist didn’t go so well and you want to be in better shape next time. For each concern there are different types of rinses.

If you are looking for a mouthwash that would make your teeth a little stronger then look no further than Fluoride. The fluoride mouthwash can help strengthen teeth and can also help prevent cavities.

If you have active gingivitis or periodontal disease then it is recommended that you use an antibacterial mouthwash so that you don’t get anymore unwanted bacteria growing in your mouth. It is also recommended that you use an alcohol-free mouthwash if you have any problems with your mouth as the alcohol can sometimes make side effects worse.

There is always the option to ask your dentist or orthodontist for a prescription mouth wash as well. That way you can have their recommendation and know that it will work. Just keep in mind that the effectiveness of the prescription mouthwash can diminish if you use it continually.

For all the kiddos out there who want to get in the habit of using a mouthwash there are fun color changing rinses that can show you plaque that was missed during brushing. Then all they have to do is go back in with their toothbrush and brush all those teeth again to get the color off! This option is good for children but also for adults seeing as we can miss some plaque here and there in the midst of our busy lives.

While you are standing there debating which mouthwash is good enough to use for your own teeth don’t fret if you can’t figure it out right away. It may take some trial and error to find the right fit for you, but always know that your orthodontist and dentist are there for you to help solve the problem!  And of course, just using mouth wash does not replace flossing – but we will tackle the flossing topic another time.  

Ta Ta For Now! Happy Rinsing!

Tooth Fairy