Hi, I am Dr. Jeff Gray and this is the Jeff Gray DDS blog. In today’s post I would like to discuss mouthwash. Many San Diego 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 San Diego 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 San Diego 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 San Diego 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 Jeff Gray DDS 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, Jeff Gray DDS offers a wide range of San Diego cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are a resident anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile, Jeff Gray DDS offers various teeth whitening options. Jeff Gray DDS also provides laser and sedation dentistry and dental implants.
At Jeff Gray DDS we have been improving the smiles of residents in San Diego and the surrounding areas since 1986. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa California