Dental hygiene is essential to healthy living. Our mouths are the gateway for receiving almost all of our nutrients, which means we can contaminate our whole bodies by not keeping our mouth free of harmful microbes. Most people are aware of the importance of brushing and flossing (even if they refuse to floss) but what about mouthwash? Is it really all that important, or simply a gimmick by dental companies?
The truth is, it depends on how much you struggle with your oral health. While it is important for us all to keep up on dental hygiene, it is even more important to those who have genetic dental problems, or who have suffered from certain conditions that have effected their mouths.
It will always be a good idea to use mouth wash, but for some it can form an important part of their dental regime to keep oral conditions under control.
How to Use Mouthwash
Mouthwash may seem pretty self-explanatory. However, just as with brushing, people tend to get a little lazy when it comes to giving their mouth a full-on swish and rinse procedure. To get the most out of your mouth rinse, make sure you are rinsing with the recommended amount.
Check to see if you should dilute the solution, as some solutions are made stronger than others. Next, swish with your mouthwash, and try not to spit it out right away. It takes about 30 seconds of vigorous swishing to make your mouthwash fully effective.
Make sure that you spit out your mouthwash and rinse with water to get rid of any left-over solution in your mouth as most mouth rinse solutions are not meant to be ingested.
Antimicrobial Mouth Rinse for Canker Sores
Our mouths are made up of extremely sensitive tissue that can be easily damaged or infected. Canker sores can be especially painful, as they are inside the mouth, and subject to constant pressure. Unlike cold sores, which occur outside the mouth, canker sores usually develop on the inside of the lip, gums, soft walls of the mouth, and occasionally on the tongue.
These sores are usually caused by viruses and bacteria, though they can also be a sign of allergies to acidic foods, or a symptom of a weakened immune system. Using an antimicrobial mouthwash that works to eradicate harmful organisms from the mouth can greatly reduce the risk of developing canker sores, and help fight existing infections. Be forewarned, any mouthwash solution will cause your sores to sting, but it means that you are cleaning out the infection and killing bad bacteria.
Should you find yourself in need of a good antimicrobial mouthwash due to canker sores, other mouth conditions, or if you just want to give a boost to your dental hygiene routine, here are a few to try.
Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash, Cool Mint
Antiseptic mouthwashes are much stronger than fluoride ones, usually with an alcohol base, and are much more effective at getting rid of germs, and other unwanted microbes that float around the mouth.
Listerine is a trusted brand that has been tested time and time again, with superb results, and has been proven to help reduce gingivitis.
This version is a sweet, cool, mint that will leave your mouth feeling very clean, all in all a great antimicrobial mouth rinse.
Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection Refreshing Mouthwash, Clean Mint
This mouthwash has the all the benefits of a powerful, germ fighting solution but without the burn typically associated with mouthwash.
Crest Pro Mouthwash has been proven to reduce gingivitis and keeps the gums healthy, killing 99% of germs.
This solution and other burn-free rinses by Crest will sting canker sores less than alcohol based mouthwashes, however, they will still sting some because they are cleaning the wound and fighting infection.
Listerine Total Care Zero Anticavity Mouthwash, Fresh Mint
Listerine’s Total Care Zero Anticavity Mouthwash is perhaps the strongest mouthwash manufactured by the company. It is largely made up of an alcohol base and hydrogen peroxide.
These two cleaning agents make a powerful antimicrobial mouth rinse that, while extremely strong in the mouth, is very effective at ridding the mouth of toxins and bacteria.
This solution helps prevent cavities, restores the enamel of sensitive teeth, and eliminates bad breath.
Crest Pro-Health Multiprotection Rinse-Clean Mint
This mouth rinse by Crest is another alcohol-free solution that works gently to rid the mouth of germs and bacteria without the unpleasant burn of alcohol or foamy feeling caused by hydrogen peroxide.
This rinse helps prevent plaque build-up and fights bad breath.
Be aware that while other products may burn, Crest’s mouth rinses use other chemicals that may cause other reactions in your mouth, so if you are sensitive to chemicals pay attention to labels.
Whatever mouth rinse you choose, remember to rinse thoroughly and for a full 30 seconds to get maximum microbe fighting results.
Be consistent in your dental hygiene routine and you will see results! A brighter, cleaner smile doesn’t need to remain a distant wish, just close your eyes and make a swish!