In this post from Smile Center for Kids in Sunland and Edgemere TX, we’re going to discuss mouthwash. Many people use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help prevent tooth decay. While some mouthwash has cavity-fighting additives, it should never be considered a substitute for brushing your teeth. Good dental health is centered on regular brushing and flossing.
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Taking extra time with our young patients is important. We understand that going to the dentist can be a bit frightening for a child, so we make sure they are comfortable with their surroundings, and always invite mom or dad to join them in the room. We make sure they understand which procedures are required and answer their questions.
The American Dental Association counsels parents to bring their toddler to a dentist when their first tooth breaks through or around one year of age. By starting regular dental visits early age and teaching appropriate hygiene, we can help you reinforce important oral care habits and lifestyle choices that will produce strong and healthy teeth.
It is important to know what kind of mouthwash you’re using. Some merely mask bad breath, while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque.
If you cope with bad breath, be sure to use a mouthwash with ingredients that also help prevent tooth decay, such as fluoride. You should also understand that some of the ingredients can be dangerous, even toxic, if not used properly.
Ingredients to watch out for 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.
At Smile Center for Kids in Sunland and Edgemere TX, services include general and restorative dentistry. People from El Paso, Anthony, Socorro, Horizon City, and Canutillo trust us with their dental health! Call to schedule your next checkup today!