Hi, I am Dr. Stephen Ratcliff and this is the Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry blog. In today’s post I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Texas 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 Texas 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 Arlington 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 Texas 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 over used your mouthwash.
At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic 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, Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers a wide range of Fort Worth cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers various teeth whitening in Arlington options. Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry also provide family dentistry and restorative dentistry.
At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry we have been improving the smiles of residents in Arlington, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas since 1990. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St