Hi, I am Dr. James D. Geren and this is the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry blog. In today’s post, I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Alexandria residents use mouthwashes to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively though, good oral hygiene starts with a thorough tooth brushing followed by flossing. Mouthwash is just a supplement in your dental hygiene tool box.
It is important for Alexandria residents to know what kind of mouthwash they are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.
If you are one of the Alexandria residents that suffers from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay such as fluoride. But folks also need to use caution when using mouthwashes because many of the ingredients are dangerous when the recommended amount of mouthwash is exceeded.
Some of the poisonous 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 can answer questions if you feel have over used your mouthwash.
At Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry we want everyone to have great smelling breath, but to use caution when treating their bad breath. Make sure to read your mouthwash label and follow all instructions given.
In addition to preventative dental care, Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry offers various teeth whitening options. Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry also provide cosmetic & family dentistry and sedation dentistry.
At Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry we have been improving the smiles of residents in Alexandria and the surrounding areas since 1983. Contact us today to schedule a family dentistry consultation.
Dr. James D. Geren
Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry
8101 Hinson Farm Rd Ste 114