When you learn how to brush your teeth, you learn to rinse out your mouth after brushing. Many take the idea of rinsing out their mouth one step further. They turn to oral rinses.
These rinses are something people do in addition to their other oral hygiene habits. The question people need to ask is what the impact of adding this to their oral hygiene routine is. Like most things there are benefits and possible side effects from oral rinses.
The Good Things
Oral rinses provide many benefits to people who choose to use them. There are some things that are more important than others, but there are plenty of reasons for people to use oral rinses as part of their regular routine.
Bad breath - People that suffer from brad breath turn to oral rinses to solve the problem. It can cover brad breath, but if there is an underlying problem causing the bad breath such as tooth decay, they do not always fix that.
Prevent Cavities - An oral rinse that contains fluoride not only removes debris from the teeth, it also adds another layer of protection.
Prevent Gum Disease - Regular use of oral rinses can prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria that lead to gum disease.
Soothing Canker Sores - Oral rinses are an effective way to relieve the pain from canker sores.
The Negative Impact
Not everything about oral rinses is a good thing. There are some problems that arise from the use of oral rinses.
Discoloration - Some oral rinses cause the teeth to become discolored.
Raise Blood Pressure - Some oral rinses can raise the blood pressure
Dry Mouth - Some rinses cause the tissue in the mouth to become dry which can lead to other problems.
Overdose - Oral rinses can contain alcohol, fluoride and other chemicals. It is possible to overdose from these drugs in the oral rinses. They are not recommended for anyone under the age of 12.
There are other side effects that some people may experience when they use oral rinses. The type of side effects and the severity depend on the type of oral rinse and the individual using them.
For more information about whether oral rinses are something that can help you, contact the dental professionals at our offices.