The daily use of mouthwash is a key element in the oral hygiene routine. Have you considered whether you use it correctly? It is necessary to know how mouthwash should be used and which one is the most suitable for your needs.

Mouthwash is an aqueous or hydroalcoholic solution, which usually contains effective active ingredients to eliminate bacteria from the mouth (teeth, gums and mucous membranes). Its function is to complement the work of brushing, provide freshness, reach inaccessible places with the brush and remain longer in the oral cavity.

Some people use mouthwash to prevent bad breath, fight gingivitis, or to prevent tooth decayIn any case, mouthwash can never replace brushing or flossing. In addition, its effectiveness is directly related to its correct use.

Use of mouthwash

It is advisable to read the instructions for use before use , although the most common is the following:

Brushing teeth

Oral hygiene is mainly based on tooth brushing. It is essential to carry out a correct brushing and subsequent use of the rinse, to achieve a complete and adequate oral hygiene.

When using mouthwashes with antiseptic ingredients, such as chlorhexidine, it is recommended to use toothpastes without components that interfere with these antiseptics. For this reason it is advisable to use toothpastes from the same family as the mouthwash. You should also avoid taking any food or drink for up to half an hour after rinsing, thus allowing the product to take effect for longer.

How much mouthwash to use

Use only the amount of mouthwash indicated in the product’s instructions for use, which is usually 10-15 ml. It is recommended not to dilute mouthwashes in water, unless indicated by their instructions for use, as the effectiveness of the product may be affected.

Rinse well

One of the keys to doing it correctly is to swish the product for a suitable time. Most mouth rinses recommend between 30 seconds and a minute. It is important not to swallow the liquid as mouthwashes are not designed to be ingested.

When to use mouthwash

It is recommended to use it 2 or 3 times a day after tooth brushing, to achieve efficient results.

Depending on the type of rinse you are using, the method of use may vary, as well as the time of use. This happens because there are mouthwashes that can be used daily as part of your oral hygiene routine and others, more therapeutic, that can only be used for a certain time.

Types of mouthwashes

Mouthwash formulations vary depending on the purpose for which it is intended. You can use daily and therapeutic mouthwashes .

Depending on the therapeutic agents contained in the solution used, the mouthwash can present various actions:

  • Anti- caries remineralizer (sodium fluoride, sodium monofluorophosphate, tin fluoride, amine fluoride, dibasic calcium phosphate fluoride).
  • Preventive of periodontal disease (chlorhexidine, triclosan, hexetidine, bloodroot, thymol, eucalyptol, quaternary ammonium derivatives).
  • Action against hypersensitivity (strontium chloride, aluminum lactate, potassium nitrate).
  • Antihalitosis effect (chlorophyll, triclosan, chlorhexidine, sodium bicarbonate, chlorine dioxide).
  • Hygiene and child protection (sodium fluoride, xylitol, calcium glycerophosphate).

At Laboratorios KIN we have a wide range of mouthwashes adapted to meet the needs of the whole family:

  • FluorKIN Anticaries : Ideal to complement the daily oral hygiene routine. It acts by preventing the formation of dental caries, as an antiplaque agent and also provides pleasantly fresh breath.
  • Children’s FluorKIN : Prevents the appearance of cavities and strengthens the dental enamel of the little ones. Its delicious strawberry flavor makes its daily use easier.
  • GingiKIN B5 : It is a complete line indicated for daily care. It helps control dental biofilm, strengthens and tones the gums thanks to its antioxidant and revitalizing action, prevents cavities and strengthens tooth enamel.
  • KIN Gingival Complex : Its formula contains chlorhexidine digluconate and Alpantha, a complex made up of provitamin B5 (panthenol) and allantoin, which increases the effect of both substances. Its use promotes the reduction of dental biofilm, strengthens and tones delicate gums. It is ideal for oral hygiene in periodontal procedures.

Precautions when using mouthwash

It is very important to follow the indications for use established by the prescribing professional or by the manufacturer.

The excessive or erroneous use of mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine can cause yellowish stains on the teeth, tongue and oral mucosa. Similarly, the use of mouthwashes with alcohol can affect the levels of salivary secretion.

Finally, the use of mouthwashes in children under 5 years of age is not recommended due to the risk of ingestion.

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