by Dr. Pooneh Ramezani, DDS
As a U.S. trained dentist, all I was taught in dental school is that mouthwash is a great adjunct to toothpaste to help get rid of plaque causing bacteria. None of the ingredients listed and their function were discussed. I have learned plenty about mouthwash, why use them and what ingredients to look for in them that I would like to share with you.
What is mouthwash? It is a liquid that is swished around the mouth passively to help freshen breath, kill bad bacteria and help make gums healthier.
What exactly does mouthwash do? If swished vigorously, it adds a mechanical cleaning action making it the best adjunct product to properly clean your oral cavity. Also, if the right mouthwash is used, it could help with gum health tremendously.
What should we look for in a mouthwash? From the oral cavity, ingredients get absorbed much faster than skin or other organs, therefore it is crucial to use a mouthwash that has ingredients that are beneficial for your body and help with oral problems. At Dr. Brite, we have a series of mouthwashes that solve specific problems and concerns. Here are the top mouthwashes to use and why?
- Whitening mouthwash with activated charcoal (mint): With the use of aloe vera, coconut oil, neem oil, non-acidic vitamin C, this mouthwash not only helps whiten your teeth but the powerful, plant based anti-bacterial, anti-microbial ingredients help cleanse the mouth properly and keep it hydrated for a comfortable experience. Also organic mint extract will keep your mouth fresh for hours.
- Healthy Gums Mouthwash (Wildberry): For those that have red or inflamed gums or gum bleeding and sensitivity, this is the best product that instantly provides comfort. With soothing aloe vera, non-acidic vitamin C, neem oil and clinical grade essential oils, it combats gum issues and helps nourish and soothe the mouth. Organic strawberry and raspberry extracts help freshen your breath. It’s safe to swallow, in fact, I recommend swishing for 30 seconds, then spit out or swallow and don’t eat or drink anything for 30 minutes to allow all the mouthwash to do its job.
- Sensitivity Relief Mouthwash (Coco Chai): If you are looking for a warm, sultry mouthwash that instantly makes you feel good, think of this amazing product. It tastes like warm, fall flavors in a bottle. Think of cinnamon, vanilla, coconut and a hint of cardamom, you will gladly use this product and rinse your mouth with it twice a day. It helps prevent and get rid of tooth and gum sensitivity and mouth pain instantly without the harsh chemicals present in the conventional mouthwashes.
- Healthy teeth and gums mouthwash spray (Berrylicious) for Kids: According to American Dental Association, kids under the age of 6 shouldn’t use a mouthwash since they can’t spit and may swallow it. Since rinsing with the right mouthwash is very effective to help with gum health and removal of plaque, we created the best product for kids. Due to the unique delivery system and the safe and effective formula, this mouthwash spray goes where it needs to go at the junction of teeth and gums and works its miracle by helping with gum inflammation, cavity reduction and freshening breath. Simply spray 5-6 sprays in your child’s mouth and have them swish and spit. No problem if they sallow it. Watch their little mouths feel great and their breath smell wonderful in no time. The amazing berry taste makes it a favorite routine. Now moms can get their kids to spray their mouths to keep them happier and healthier without any chaos and fear of swallowing chemicals that are bad for them.
How often do I use mouthwash? In order to see results, you need to be consistent in your oral care routine and use of mouthwash daily (once or twice a day) is a big part of it. You need to swish for over 30 seconds each time, no need to rinse and don’t eat or drink for 30 minutes after use. When you use a mouthwash with effective, plant-based ingredients, it is the best adjunct product to toothpaste to help make your mouth feel more comfortable and healthier.
Do I brush first or use mouthwash first? It’s really up to you but if you want to get the best out of your mouthwash routine, I would recommend switching it up. One day use mouthwash first, then brush and another day brush first then mouthwash, don’t rinse and don’t eat for 30 minutes after. This way you will address both your teeth and gums and you will allow the ingredients to get inside the oral tissues and work their magic. The point is to have fun and know that this is part of your “Self-Care” routine.
To your health,
Pooneh Ramezani, DDS
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