Have you ever walked down the grocery store aisle and actually read all the labels on the different toothpastes and mouthwashes?
You are probably too busy for that sort of thing. But, it’s hard not to notice the outlandish marketing ploys at play. Some promise twelve hour protection while others promise to whiten your teeth. Still others promise to make your teeth five times stronger.
We all want stronger, whiter, healthier teeth, but can we really believe all the hype?
The short answer is: of course not. We should be wary of such claims and use common sense. So let’s discuss what mouthwashes really do and how often we should be rinsing.
We tell our patients that everyone should be rinsing with mouthwash twice daily as well as brushing and flossing.
We Recommend Fluoride Rinses for Children
Fluoride remineralizes the damaged or weakened spots on the surface of the tooth caused by acids in the mouth. We all need fluoride, but children need fluoride as their permanent teeth are forming. This is so important for the health of their future smiles. ACT Mouthwash works well.
Your kids should start rinsing with mouthwash as soon as they can spit properly. Usually, if your child can tie their own shoes, they can handle mouthwash without swallowing it. Instilling this habit early, keeps their sweet little mouths so much healthier throughout the course of their lives.
We Recommend Antimicrobial Rinses for Adults
Antimicrobial mouthwashes help fight off bacteria that can cause decay and stabilize the digestive ecosystem in your mouth. What I mean is, harmless microbes exist in your mouth and on your teeth that fight against the more dangerous bacteria that threaten to destroy the health of your teeth.
It’s important to remember that rinsing with mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing your teeth. In repeated six month clinical trials, Listerine reduced plaque in patients by 13-56%. Listerine reduced gingivitis by 14-36%. The testing on non-alcoholic versions like Crest Pro Health reduced both plaque and gingivitis by 15%.
There Is So Much More To Say About Mouthwashes
To learn more about mouthwashes, visit our previous blog on this very subject.
~Dr. Marea White