Hi, I am Dr. J. Paul Koch and this is the Koch Aesthetic Dentistry blog. In today’s post I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Alabama 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 Alabama 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 Birmingham 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 Birmingham 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 have over used your mouthwash.
At Koch Aesthetic 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, Koch Aesthetic Dentistry offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, Koch Aesthetic Dentistry offers various teeth whitening options. Koch Aesthetic Dentistry also provide smile restoration and cosmetic and implant dentistry.
At Koch Aesthetic Dentistry we have been improving the smiles of residents in Birmingham Alabama and the surrounding areas since 2000. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Dr. J. Paul Koch
Koch Aesthetic Dentistry
2311 Highland Ave S, Ste 323