Nowadays many people use mouthwash of some variety, and your dentist may even have recommended that you do so. However you may not be using that mouthwash effectively, and that can reduce the impact that it has on your oral hygiene considerably. The good news is that it really isn’t that hard to start using mouthwash more effectively.
The first thing that you should do is understand that the key to using mouthwash is the idea that you want to rinse your mouth with it thoroughly by swishing it around in your mouth for a certain duration before you spit it out. Most mouthwash nowadays will come with recommended durations on their product label and you should stick to that.
By keeping it in your mouth and ensuring that it is swished around and covers all areas you will be making certain that the mouthwash does as intended and maximize its effect. Of course, the amount of mouthwash you’re using is also important – and while you do want to use the enough mouthwash you don’t want to end up wasting it by using too much.
One of the best ways around this is to use a mouthwash dispenser that will allow you to consistently pump out a specific amount. If you’re teaching a child to use mouthwash or just trying to get into the habit yourself then this can be especially useful.
It is also worth noting that there are so many different types of mouthwash available nowadays that it is essential you know the type that you’re using. The reason for this is some mouthwash needs to be diluted before it is used, while others do not. On top of that, certain types of mouthwash may contain special instructions to deal with certain conditions.
Swallowing your mouthwash is not a good idea. While the chemicals contained in mouthwash tend to be harmless and even the alcohol content (if any) is low, it is still not ideal and you should be sure to spit it out after you’re done.
Generally speaking it is always recommended that you talk to your dentist before choosing to use any mouthwash. Not only will this allow you to get advice on the type of mouthwash to use, but your dentist may even be able to provide you wish samples that you can attempt to use.
For a reputable Basingstoke dentist you should visit the Linden Dental Centre, 1-2 Linden Court, Linden Avenue, Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 7HS. Going for a regular dental check-up can help you to avoid most common issues, and is an important part of your dental hygiene routine that should be a priority – along with brushing and flossing regularly.