Ideally, when in braces, we recommend you brush your teeth three times a day, but that is not always possible during the day. Which is why mouthwash can be a great asset. We’re often asked by patients to recommend a brand of mouthwash, as there are so many choices. We’ve put together a blog to explain why we always recommend alcohol-free, fluoride-containing mouthwash.
As with most hygienists, we always recommend products which contain fluoride, because it protects and strengthens your tooth enamel. In London, and a lot of other areas in the UK, the water is not fluoridated, so it is particularly beneficial to choose toothpaste and mouthwash with added fluoride.
Mouthwash often contains alcohol to create a solution for the essential oils that makes some branded products taste cleansing and effective. In the past, alcohol was considered to be the most effective solution for delivering a powerful breath-freshening hit.
Many manufacturers now create formulas without alcohol so, it’s no longer an essential ingredient, which is good news for people who would prefer alcohol-free products. Moreover, some people find that the alcohol in mouthwash can sting a little, especially if you have an ulcer or sensitive gums.
Using mouthwash regularly
Of course, brushing and flossing is essential, and we recommend that you try and extend your brushing and flossing regime whilst in braces, whether fixed braces or aligners. Read our blog on this topic here. Additionally, using mouthwash regularly should be seen as supplementary to your oral hygiene routine.
In summary, while it should never be suggested that mouthwash on its own is sufficient, it’s an invaluable addition to brushing and flossing and we most strongly recommend Colgate and Vitis. Don’t forget, we supply a small bottle of Vitis mouthwash in your take-home kit on the day you start treatment here and will always be happy to supply more mouthwash if you need it – just ask.
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