What You Should Know About Mouthwash

A dentist in American Fork discusses proper uses for mouthwash.You may remember a commercial that aired just after the turn of the century that went beyond the importance of using mouthwash in your regular oral care routine. I distinctly remember the first time it touted “just 30 seconds” of swishing twice a day, encouraging the general public in American Fork, stating, “You can do this!”

Mouthwash has not always had the best reputation among the public, as it burns when you use it and was originally thought to only cover up bad breath. In the past 20 years or so, manufacturers have started developing mouthwash that assists with treating and preventing oral maladies, like:

  • Plaque build-up
  • Gingivitis
  • Bleeding of the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Yellowing Teeth

Since rinsing with mouthwash is an important part of oral care (right behind brushing and flossing), our American Fork dental office would like to openly clarify what you should know about mouthwash.

How long do you rinse with mouthwash?

Is just 30 seconds really enough to feel the benefits of mouthwash? Yes – 30 seconds is the bare minimum you should be swishing mouthwash around. Anything less is probably not doing much.

On the other hand, 60 seconds is the maximum you should use mouthwash. You could keep swishing it around to see how long you can stand the burn, but past 60 seconds and you’ve just about peaked at effectiveness.

What type of mouthwash is the best?

As with any type of hygiene item, the type of mouthwash that is best for you to use is entirely dependant on your goal. Do you want to reduce gum inflammation and bleeding? Whiten teeth? Kill bacteria?

Look at the label and find a mouthwash that contains the ingredients needed to help you reach your goal – like fluoride for preventing tooth decay.

When will I start to see the effects of using mouthwash?

While it may be frustrating to hear, mouthwash can take a few weeks before you start to see significant results. This is especially true for whitening mouthwash – or ones that help with bleeding of the gums.

If you aren’t seeing the results you want, talk to your dentist. They may prescribe a stronger mouth rinse or give you information on professional teeth whitening services.

If you’d like to learn more about mouthwash, or oral care routines – give us a call to schedule an appointment or check out this great information from WebMD.

Bruce Murdock
Dr. Bruce T. Murdock has been treating patients and improving smiles for 25 years. A very successful dentist near American Fork, Dr. Murdock was born and raised in Utah County and has followed the Murdock tradition in sincerely caring for his patients. Dr. Murdock graduated from Brigham Young University and received his Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Dr. Murdock and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of four children and seven grandchildren.
Bruce Murdock
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