Hi, I am Dr. Mark Phan and this is the OKC Smiles blog. In today’s post I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Oklahoma City residents use mouthwashes to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively though, good dental health starts with a thorough tooth brushing followed by flossing. Mouthwash is just a supplement in your dental hygiene tool box.
It is important for Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City 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 OKC Smiles 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, OKC Smiles offers a wide range of Oklahoma City cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, OKC Smiles offers various teeth whitening options. OKC Smiles also provide mobile dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.
At OKC Smiles we have been improving the smiles of residents in Oklahoma City the surrounding areas since 1986. Contact us today to schedule a general dentistry consultation.
Dr. Mark Phan
13900 S Western Ave, Suite 300
Oklahoma City Oklahoma