This post from Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township is all about mouthwash.
Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help control tooth decay. It should never be used as a substitute to brushing and flossing, though. We consider mouthwash an optional tool in your dental hygiene tool box.
It is important to know what kind of mouthwash you are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath, while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.
If you suffer from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay, such as fluoride. But you also need to use caution with mouthwash, because many of the ingredients can be dangerous when the recommended amount is exceeded.
Some of the potentially toxic components are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately. The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions about mouthwash ingredients.
At Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township, we want everyone to have great dental health and fresh breath. Just be sure to use caution with mouthwash, and read all the labels. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!