In this post from The Addison Dentist, we discuss mouthwash.
Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively, though. Good oral hygiene starts with thorough tooth brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is an optional tool in your dental hygiene tool box.
It is important to know what kind of mouthwash you are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath, while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.
If you are one of those who suffer from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay such as fluoride. But you also need to use caution when using mouthwashes because many of the ingredients are dangerous when the recommended amount of mouthwash is exceeded.
Some of the poisonous components are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately. The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions about mouthwash ingredients.
At The Addison Dentist, we want everyone to have great smelling breath, but to use caution when treating their bad breath. Make sure to read your mouthwash label and follow all instructions given. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!
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