Hi, I am Dr. Gordon West and this is the Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry blog. In today’s post I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Boulder County residents use mouthwashes to freshen their breath and help retard gum disease and 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 Boulder County 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 Lafayette, CO 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 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 Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General 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, Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures for the Boulder County area. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry offers various teeth whitening options. Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry also provide sedation dentistry and porcelain veneers.
At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry we have been improving the smiles of residents in Lafayette, CO, Boulder and the surrounding areas since 1998. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201