Keeping Your Mouth Healthy - With Mouthwash? | Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy – With Mouthwash?

There are many ways to ensure a healthy mouth. Brushing at least twice daily, flossing, watching what you eat and regular check ups are among the top noted habits. But is mouthwash on this list of must do’s?

It’s a great feeling having just swished around peppermint in your mouth, that feeling of clean and refreshment.  Along with brushing and flossing, using mouthwash DOES improve your oral health! Our Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic team put together the guidelines in using mouthwash to benefit your teeth and most importantly your gums. 


  • Do not use it to replace brushing or flossing
  • Do use a mouthwash that is alcohol free
  • Do follow the directions
  • Do not rely on it as a breath freshener
  • Do rinse, gurgle and spit
  • Do talk to your dentist if your mouth has sensitivity to mouthwash
  • Do use moderately
  • Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes after using a fluoride mouthwash

What Does Mouthwash Do For Me

The powerful liquid actually benefits overall oral health and is a critical part of daily hygiene! The dozen or so species of bacteria that cause gum disease interact with gum tissue, causing inflammation, which can break down gum tissue as well as the bone that holds teeth in place. Brushing and flossing is the best way to remove plaque, but the antibacterial ingredients in mouthwash do have a modest effect. But, before you rinse, be sure you’re using the right wash for the best results.When you shop for a mouthwash look for products that don’t feature alcohol and are instead formulated with xylitol, which prevents bacteria from metabolizing. 
Mouthwash clearly offers certain benefits — but it’s important to know that not all mouth rinses are the same. Saltwater rinses can be made at home with warm water and salt, whereas store-bought types contain a variety of ingredients ranging from fluoride (Act) to alcohol (Listerine) to chlorhexidine (Peridex).

At Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic your overall oral health is our priority and keeping you informed and knowledgeable on products available to you as a consumer is imperative. It can be quite daunting to stand in a dental isle at the grocery store or pharmacy. When you come in for your bi annual check ups, we can help take the stress off by recommending products suited to your specific needs. Everyone is different and your oral needs are no different. We look forward to seeing you and discussing your daily oral routine and ensuring you are doing all you can at home to keep your mouth its healthiest! Please contact use today to make your appointment.


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