USING FLUORIDE MOUTHWASH
- Using a Fluoride Mouthwash
- Steps to Follow When Using Fluoride Mouthwash
Using a Fluoride Mouthwash
Many dental professionals believe that twice-daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste provides enough fluoride for cavity protection. But if you're prone to cavities, you can use a fluoride mouthwash in addition to brushing and flossing your teeth.
Some studies have shown that mouthwashes with fluoride can supplement daily brushing with fluoride toothpastes, especially in areas where drinking water is not supplemented with fluoride. These mouthwashes are effective in strengthening the enamel of your teeth and protecting your teeth from acid damage; however, the mouthwashes have not demonstrated significant effectiveness against plaque-induced gingivitis or even more severe forms of gum disease. Yet another reason to brush and floss daily:
Switch to an electric toothbrush like the Oral-B iO Series 9 which features Smart Pressure Control and a Gum Care Mode to better protect and stimulate gums
Use a gum care toothpaste like Crest Gum Detoxify which neutralizes plaque bacteria and helps reverse gingivitis
Pair your regular string floss with a cordless irrigator like the Oral-B Water Flosser Advanced which deep cleans and detoxifies* below the gumline to help eliminate plaque bacteria for healthier gums
*Helps reduce plaque bacteria and inflammatory components associated with gingivitis, when used as an adjunct to brushing, flossing and regular professional care.
Steps to Follow When Using Fluoride Mouthwash
If you want to use a fluoride mouthwash follow these steps:
- Use the Right Amount:Use the amount of mouthwash indicated on the label or as directed by your dental professional.
- Swish Like You Mean It:Keep your mouth closed and swish the rinse vigorously as directed on the label.
- Spit: Don't swallow mouthwash. The fluoride in most fluoride mouthwashes can be toxic if you swallow large enough amounts. If you allow your child to use mouthwash, supervise to be sure that he or she spits it out and doesn't swallow it.
- Remember: To get the most benefit from a fluoride mouthwash, avoid eating, drinking, or smoking for at least 30 minutes so you don't wash away the fluoride.