Hi, I am Dr. Frederick Hecht and this is the Staten Island Dental Care family dentistry blog. In today’s post I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Staten Island residents use mouthwashes to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively though, good dental 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 Staten Island 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 Staten Island 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 Staten Island 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 can answer questions if you feel have over used your mouthwash.
At Staten Island Dental Care 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, Staten Island Dental Care offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, Staten Island Dental Care offers various teeth whitening in Staten Island options. Staten Island Dental Care also provide sedation dentistry and restorative dentistry.
At Staten Island Dental Care we have been improving the smiles of residents in Staten Island and the surrounding areas since 1976. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Frederick Hecht
Staten Island Dental Care
1520 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, New York