Hi, I am Dr. Thomas Nabors and this is the Thomas W. Nabors, DDS – Cosmetic & General Dentistry blog. In today’s post I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 Nashville 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 Tennessee 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 Thomas W. Nabors, 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, Thomas W. Nabors, DDS – Cosmetic & General Dentistry offers a wide range of Vanderbilt cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, Thomas W. Nabors, DDS – Cosmetic & General Dentistry offers various teeth whitening in Nashville options. Thomas W. Nabors, DDS – Cosmetic & General Dentistry also provide general and restorative dentistry.
At Thomas W. Nabors, DDS – Cosmetic & General Dentistry we have been improving the smiles of residents in Nashville, Downton Nashville and the surrounding areas since 2003. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.