Hi, we are Drs. David Thompson and Vicki Frey. Thanks for visiting the Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry blog. In today’s post we would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Kentucky residents use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively though, good oral hygiene starts with thorough tooth brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is an optional tool in your dental hygiene tool box.
It is important for Kentucky 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 Owensboro 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 Kentucky men and women 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 about mouthwash ingredients.
At Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & 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, Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile talk to Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry about teeth whitening. Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry also provide Six Month Smiles and cosmetic dentistry.
At Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry we have been improving the smiles of residents in Owensboro and the surrounding areas since 1986. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.