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By Mike White, DDS
May 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Not sure if you should use mouthwash regularly? Chehalis, WA, dentist Dr. Michael White discusses a few benefits of using the product.mouthwash

What does mouthwash do?

Mouthwash offers a few other benefits in addition to making your breath minty fresh, including:

  • Washing Away Plaque: Mouthwash rids your mouth of plaque and food debris. Plaque, a sticky coating that contains bacteria, covers your teeth and causes tooth decay. Mouthwash helps loosen and remove plaque.
  • Strengthening Tooth Enamel: Strong acids form when plaque mingles with sugars and carbohydrates in foods. Those acids weaken your tooth enamel, making it easier for cavities to develop. Fluoridated mouthwashes help rebuild weak spots in the enamel, reducing the chance that you'll get a cavity.
  • Killing Bacterial: Anti-cavity mouthwashes kill bacteria before it can combine with sugars and carbohydrates. Bacteria on your teeth aren't the only problem. The microorganisms are also found on your tongue and on the lining of your mouth. Eventually, they may migrate to your teeth. Mouthwash offers an effective way to rid your entire mouth of bacteria.

When should I use mouthwash?

Mouthwash can be used before or after you brush. If you prefer to use it before you brush, it may help loosen plaque. Using the product after brushing helps wash away plaque dislodged by brushing. Swish a capful of mouthwash in your mouth for about a minute for best results. After you spit it out, don't rinse to ensure that the protective coating remains in your mouth.

Are all mouthwashes the same?

While all mouthwashes claim to freshen your breath, they don't all contain the same ingredients. When you shop in Chehalis stores, look for brands that offer fluoride and antimicrobials or anti-cavity protection for maximum benefit. In some cases, mouthwash can actually make your breath worse. Products that contain alcohol dry out your mouth, which may cause bad breath. Read product labels to ensure that the product you choose doesn't contain alcohol.

Can children use mouthwash?

Mouthwash isn't recommended for children under age 6. If your kids are between 6 or 12, spend some time supervising their use of the product to ensure that they don't swallow it.

Mouthwash, good oral hygiene and regular dental exams will help keep your teeth in good condition. If it's been 6 months or more since you've visited your dentist, then you should call your Chehalis, WA, dentist Dr. Michael White at (360) 748-0168 to schedule an appointment.

By Mike White, DDS
June 30, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Why good oral hygiene habits are important

When you practice good oral hygiene, you are protecting your smile and also your general health. Dr. Michael A. White in Chehalis, oral hygieneWashington wants you to know what you need to do to safeguard the health of your smile, so you can enjoy your smile for life.

Your oral hygiene program should be designed with a specific goal in mind; you need to thoroughly remove bacteria-laden plaque from your teeth on a regular basis. If plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth undisturbed, the millions of bad bacteria in plaque will produce toxins which infect your soft tissue and destroy your teeth and bone.

A good oral hygiene routine should only take a few minutes out of your day, but the benefits will last your lifetime. Dr. Michael White wants you to incorporate just a few simple tasks into your routine. To ensure great oral health, remember to:

Brush your teeth thoroughly after eating and before you go to bed. Always use a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, or a sonic or electric toothbrush. Never use a hard toothbrush because it can cause receding gums and tooth abrasion or sensitivity.

Floss at least once a day. Using a single piece of floss cleans the best because you can wrap around tooth surfaces fully, cleaning areas with difficult access. If you have dexterity issues, you can also use floss threaders or picks.

A good oral hygiene routine isn’t complete without regular visits to Dr. Michael White for examinations, x-rays and professional dental cleanings. You should visit every six months for dental cleanings, and at least once a year for x-rays and exam.

Good oral hygiene means a healthy smile, and you deserve to enjoy a great looking, healthy smile for life. It’s important to partner with Dr. Michael White to provide comprehensive care for the health of your smile. Call Dr. Michael White in Chehalis, Washington and find out more about why good oral hygiene habits are important. Call today!