Hi, we are Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell and this is the Blaisdell Family Dentistry blog. In today’s post we would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Idaho residents use mouthwashes to freshen their breath and help avoid 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 Idaho residents to know what kind of mouthwash they are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath, while others help reduce the bacteria that cause plaque and bad breath.
If you are one of the Nampa residents that suffer from bad breath, it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay, such as fluoride. But Idaho 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 (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions if you feel you have overused your mouthwash.
At Blaisdell Family 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, Blaisdell Family Dentistry offers a wide range of Nampa cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, Blaisdell Family Dentistry offers various teeth whitening options. Blaisdell Family Dentistry also provides sedation dentistry and dental implants.
At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we have been improving the smiles of residents in Boise, Nampa, and the surrounding areas since 1981. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell
Blaisdell Family Dentistry
8877 W Hackamore Dr