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Should You Rinse After Brushing with Water or Mouthwash?

Posted on 11/16/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
Most of our patients ask if they should rinse with either mouthwash or water after brushing. Our team of professional dentists will always tell you to choose a mouthwash over water. There are very many benefits to using mouthwash instead of water. Read on to find out why we do not recommend using water when rinsing your mouth. Why Not Use Water? Did you know that rinsing your mouth with water after brushing is terrible for your teeth? Water washes away the fluoride that your toothpaste has left behind. As it washes the fluoride away, it carries all the benefits that the toothpaste left behind. Fluoride is an essential ingredient of toothpaste. It helps strengthen the tooth enamel and make it stronger; This makes it resistant to tooth decay. Using a mouthwash during rinsing will not dissolve the fluoride nor wash it away. With fluoride in your mouth, you are sure of having a fresh breath, strong and healthy teeth, and an enhanced smile. Alternatively, if you do not have a mouthwash, learn to spit and not rinse after brushing. It ensures that fluoride is left behind to help promote your oral health. Rinse or Not To Rinse? Most of our patients also ask, is it beneficial to rinse your mouth after brushing? Yes, Rising is good for debris and plaque removal out of the mouth. It leaves people confused about whether to rinse or not rinse their mouth after brushing. Try as much as possible not to rinse your mouth with water after brushing. Fluoride is essential in terms of making sure you maintain proper oral hygiene standards. If you have to rinse your mouth, then you should use mouthwash. Remember to check if you are using a mouthwash that is approved by the American Dental Association. Visit our offices if you want to know the best mouthwash for you....
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Do I Have to Use Mouthwash Every Day?

Posted on 11/9/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
You know that you need to brush twice a day and floss once a day, but what about mouthwash? How often should you use it, or should you use it at all? We do recommend that you use mouthwash at least once a day, ideally after you brush and floss. However, there are a few important things to know about mouthwash. Like toothpaste, you'll find many different mouthwash options at your local store, but they're not all created the same. Make Sure You're Using the Right Mouthwash When you look for mouthwash, one of the key factors is whether or not it has alcohol in it. For years, alcohol was the main active ingredient in most mouthwashes. Today, though, there are a good number of alcohol-free mouthwashes, and those are what you should go for. While the alcohol will certainly kill many of the harmful bacteria in your mouth, it will also kill the good bacteria that actually help keep you healthy. Alcohol-free mouthwash doesn't harm as many of the good bacteria and doesn't carry any risk of harming your teeth. Other than that, you may want to look for mouthwash that contains extra fluoride to help protect your teeth from cavities. You should also pick a mouthwash with a flavor you like just to make using it more pleasant. Over-the-Counter Mouthwash Verses Prescription Mouthwash There is one other factor that determines how often you should use mouthwash. With over-the-counter options, you can rinse your mouth out a few times a day. If we've prescribed you a prescription mouthwash, on the other hand, you may not be able to use it as often. We will give you very clear instructions on when and how to use this more powerful mouthwash, and you need to make certain you follow them. If you have any questions about a prescription mouthwash or about mouthwashes in general, give us a call. We'll be happy to answer them....
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The Best Way to Brush and Floss in the Back of Your Mouth

Posted on 10/19/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
Brushing and flossing between your front teeth is fairly easy. You can use a mirror to very clearly see the teeth you're working on, and there's nothing preventing your toothbrush or floss from reaching the space. Cleaning the back parts of your mouth, though, may not be as easy. Here are a few tips for brushing and flossing in the back of your mouth. Use Longer Pieces of Floss Flossing between your back teeth can be difficult because your cheeks prevent you from easily accessing the area. One way to more easily floss between these teeth is to use long pieces of dental floss. You can loop the floss around the tooth and hold it outside of your mouth, giving you more space to move your fingers. If you find that this still doesn't help, you may want to try using a water pick. It uses a directed stream of water to wash between the teeth. Cleaning the Back Teeth Brushing your back teeth can also be a little more difficult than brushing in the front. Because of this, you may find that you only give your back teeth a quick once-over and then pay more attention to the front teeth. If you find yourself doing this, slow down and focus on fully brushing all of your teeth. If you find that your toothbrush seems a little too bulky, you may want to look for one that has a smaller head. Electric toothbrushes often have smaller heads that you can more easily maneuver. Make sure you brush all the way to the end of your back-most tooth. Using a mirror can help you determine when you've reached that point. If you need some additional tips on how to clean the back of your mouth, talk to us next time you're in for an appointment or give us a call today....
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Should You Rinse After Brushing with Water or Mouthwash?
11/16/2020
Do I Have to Use Mouthwash Every Day?
11/9/2020
The Best Way to Brush and Floss in the Back of Your Mouth
10/19/2020
DIY Whitening Can Leave Your Enamel Weak
10/5/2020
When is a Problem Truly a Dental Emergency?
9/21/2020
Dangers of Not Getting Regular Dental Care
9/7/2020
Do Teeth Take Damage When They Get Whitened?
8/24/2020
When Do Adults Need Dental Sealants?
8/10/2020
What to Do if Your Filling Feels Too High
7/23/2020
Foods That Lead to Gum Recession More Quickly
7/7/2020
Do Your Gums Change as You Get Older?
6/22/2020
Do Sugar Substitutes Do the Same Kind Of Damage As Process Sugars
6/8/2020
How to Keep Waking Up with Caffeine but Without the Dental Stains
5/29/2020
Dental Hygiene for Toddlers
5/15/2020
Do You Need to Have a Cracked Tooth Extracted?
4/20/2020
Danger of Not Fixing a Tooth You Can Tell Has Cracked
4/10/2020
You Need to Fix Teeth Even If They Are Not Yet Painful
3/25/2020
Dental Issues That If Left Untreated Could Become Deadly
3/15/2020
What Are the Benefits of Getting Dental Debridement?
2/20/2020
Ways to Remedy a Sticky Mouth When You Wake Up
2/10/2020
How Do Plaque And Tartar Affect Your Teeth?
1/25/2020
Is Cosmetic Bonding in Your Future?
1/15/2020
Why So Few People Brush the Roof of Their Mouths?
12/25/2019
How to Keep from Staining Your Dental Crowns
12/15/2019
Signs of Sweet Sensitivity in Your Teeth
11/20/2019
How Does Saliva Restore the pH Balance in Your Mouth After Consuming Acidic Items?
11/10/2019
How Sleeping with Your Mouth Open Impacts Your Oral Health
10/25/2019
Is There Ever a Bad Age for Dental Sealants?
10/15/2019
Dangers of Not Getting a Numb Tooth Checked
9/25/2019
Can You Leave Ice on Too Long After Dental Work?
9/15/2019
Just How Strong Is Tooth Enamel
8/25/2019
Is There Anything You Can Do if You Lose Your Tooth's Enamel?
8/15/2019
It Is Important to See a Dentist During Pregnancy
7/20/2019
Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Flossing?
7/10/2019
What Does an Oral Piercing Do to Harm Your Oral Health?
6/25/2019
How Can a Dental Filling Leak?
6/15/2019
Tips for Caring for New Veneers
5/25/2019
Things to Avoid if You Have Veneers
5/15/2019
Dangers Associated with a Boring Oral Hygiene Routine
4/20/2019
Cracked Teeth Have Several Restorative Options
4/10/2019
Should Adults Ask About Dental Sealants, Too?
3/25/2019
Reasons Your Teeth May Hurt When You Get Up In the Morning
3/15/2019
Tips for Better Oral Hygiene You Can Begin Today
2/25/2019
How Ice Harms Your Teeth
2/15/2019
Is Alcohol Based Mouthwash Good for Your Mouth?
1/25/2019
How to Relax Before We See You to Avoid Dental Anxiety
1/15/2019
What to Expect Following an Injury to Your Tooth
12/25/2018
What to Do When You Notice Loose Teeth
12/15/2018
Is An Over The Counter Mouth Guard Better Than A Custom One?
11/25/2018
How to Relax Before We See You to Avoid Dental Anxiety
11/15/2018
Tips for Better Oral Hygiene You Can Begin Today
10/25/2018
Times When You May Need a Soft Tissue Graft
10/15/2018
We Want You to Share Your Fears with Us So We Can Help
9/25/2018
We Can Help with Restorative Dentistry
9/15/2018
Why You Never Want to Skip Past Dental Insurance Because of Expensive Premiums
8/25/2018
Why You May Want to Start Oil Pulling
8/15/2018
Managing Acid Reflux Can Help Your Oral Health
7/20/2018
Does Vaping Cause Oral Health Problems?
7/10/2018
Why a Toothache May Start Off as Sinus Pain
6/20/2018
What You Should Have in a Dental Emergency Kit
6/10/2018
Why Your Teeth Need You to Drink Lots of Water
5/20/2018
Why Do You Need to Come See Us Every Six Months?
5/10/2018
Why Gums Often Bleed in Pregnant Women
4/20/2018
What Swelling In Your Mouth Could Mean
4/10/2018
How to Change Up Your Brushing Routine to Make It Less Routine
3/25/2018
How Does Nitrous Oxide Help Relieve Dental Anxiety?
3/15/2018
Why Do So Many People Fear Root Canals?
2/25/2018
What to Do if a Dental Veneer Ever Chips or Breaks Off
2/15/2018
Your Dentist is Not Going to Shame You for Coming In After Years of Missed Treatments
1/25/2018
Your Dentist Can Help You Give Up Nicotine
1/15/2018
Who to Ask for Help From If You Need Assistance Flossing Better
12/25/2017
Bleaching Your Teeth Too Often Can Leave Them in Peril
12/15/2017
What Scuba Diving Can Do to Harm Your Oral Health
11/27/2017
What Orange Lipstick Does to the Appearance of Your Teeth?
11/17/2017
Your Tongue May Be the Harbor of Your Bad Breath
10/27/2017
Tips for Finding the Perfect Toothbrush
10/17/2017
Things to Chew That Will Freshen Your Breath
9/30/2017
Protecting Your Teeth and Gums While Pregnant
9/20/2017
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