Are You Using the Right Mouthwash? | Bonness Family Dentistry


While it should never replace brushing and flossing, mouthwash can complement your at-home oral care routine effectively. Here’s a guide to help you choose the best mouthwash for your needs. For personalized recommendations, contact Bonness Family Dentistry today!

Choosing the Right Mouthwash
Mouthwashes generally fall into two categories recognized by the ADA: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwashes tackle symptoms like bad breath temporarily. Therapeutic mouthwashes aim to address the underlying cause of issues. Fluoridated anti-cavity mouthwashes strengthen enamel and prevent cavities. Anti-bacterial and antiseptic mouthwashes kill bacteria, with antiseptic options having higher alcohol content. We can help you understand these differences and find the right mouthwash for your needs.

Should I Use Mouthwash?
If you maintain a good oral care routine and visit the dentist regularly, you may not need mouthwash. However, depending on your dental needs, our dentist can recommend a specialized mouthwash for you.

Though mouthwash can’t replace brushing and flossing, it can help keep your mouth fresh and clean. Swishing mouthwash after meals can dislodge food particles and freshen breath.

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

Side Effects of Mouthwash
Properly used, mouthwash has minimal risks. Alcohol-based mouthwashes may cause a burning sensation, which can be avoided with alcohol-free options. For children, supervise their brushing to prevent swallowing mouthwash.

Mouthwash is a useful tool for everyone. Whether fighting bad breath or protecting against tooth decay or gum disease, there’s a mouthwash for you. Talk to our team to learn more about incorporating mouthwash into your routine.

For more tips on oral health or to schedule your next appointment, contact Bonness Dentistry today!

Bonness Dentistry
Phone: (812) 232-3263
1225 Ohio Street
Terra Haute, IN 47807

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