Should I use mouthwash in combination with my regular oral hygiene routine? Reach out to the team of dentists from Dr. Marino & Associates and Dr. Nassif & Associates today to find out how you can maintain your healthiest smile.
We all know the importance of brushing and flossing, but you may have received mixed messages in the past about the consistent use of mouthwash. Should I use a mouthwash? While rinsing with mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing, it can complement your oral health routine, especially if you have had trouble staying consistent with brushing, flossing or both.
How do mouthwashes work? Most rinses aid in killing bacteria through ingredients that have antiseptic properties such as alcohol and menthol. Many types of mouthwash contain antimicrobial ingredients that can help combat gingivitis and astringent salt to cover up bad breath.
Different mouthwash can help resolve different oral health concerns. For example, some rinses are useful for addressing stained teeth, while others may be helpful for relieving tooth sensitivity.
To use mouthwash properly, first, brush and floss your teeth thoroughly. If the toothpaste you use contains fluoride, then wait a few minutes before rinsing with mouthwash. Next, pour a small amount of mouthwash into a cup as is consistent with the directions on the packaging of your mouthwash. Then, empty the contents of the cup into your mouth and swish the mouthwash around before gargling for 30 seconds. Finally, spit the mouthwash into the sink.
The American Dental Association (ADA) does not recommend children under the age of 6 use mouthwash, citing the risk of accidental ingestion of alcohol and resulting vomiting and other symptoms.
Rinsing With a Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Using a diluted hydrogen peroxide solution can be a convenient alternative to drugstore mouthwashes. In all, it can provide the same supplementation to your routine as other mouth rinses.
What are the benefits of rinsing with a diluted hydrogen peroxide solution? Adding a hydrogen peroxide rinse to your dental health routine can help you not only whiten your teeth but also prevent infections of sores and other wounds in your mouth.
To add a hydrogen peroxide rinse to your oral hygiene routine, first, combine one part 3% concentration of hydrogen peroxide with two parts water. The product will have a concentration of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Next, tilt back your head and gargle and swish a small amount of your solution for one minute. Finally, spit out the solution.
Children rinsing with diluted hydrogen peroxide should use the solution under adult supervision and should only use one ounce at one time to prevent gastrointestinal symptoms.
Be sure to avoid swallowing a hydrogen peroxide solution. Accidental swallowing can lead to stomach pain as a result of gas buildup. To find out how you could add to your oral hygiene routine for your best smile, connect with the team of dentists from Dr. Marino & Associates and Dr. Nassif & Associates today.
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Whether the issue at hand is a change in insurance coverage or a dental emergency, there is no reason for financial obstacles to determine the state of your oral health. For this reason, the dentists from Dr. Marino & Associates and Dr. Nassif & Associates take great pride in offering a complete variety of dental care financing options. You can depend on the team for top-quality care at an affordable price.
If you need an alternative to conventional dental insurance coverage, then the network’s premier dental discount plan, Dental Direct, could be right for you. Under this plan, Dr. Marino & Associates and Dr. Nassif & Associates can save between 15% and 55% on dental treatments without a yearly maximum.
Patients can also receive quality care from the team under most preferred provider organization (PPO) dental insurance plans. To confirm the acceptance of your PPO dental insurance plan, just connect with the team of dentists from Dr. Marino & Associates and Dr. Nassif & Associates today.
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Connect with the dentists from Dr. Marino & Associates and Dr. Nassif & Associates to find out about the team’s available discounts and financing options.