To rinse or not to rinse?

Whether you use mouthwash or not is usually down to personal preference unless your dentist has specifically advised you to use one to treat dental problems. But if you do decide to use one, how do you make sure you're getting the most out of it?

Fluoride mouthwash can be very beneficial to patients, as it can help expose the tooth surface to an extra dose of fluoride, which can be helpful for those concerned about tooth decay. Mouthwashes can also be used following meals, to rinse the mouth of any food debris that may be caught around certain parts of the mouth, for example temporary crowns or orthodontic appliances.

Mouthwash must be used a separate time to brushing, otherwise the mouthwash will wash off the all the goodness contained in the toothpaste. A great time to rinse with a mouthwash is following a meal or when you arrive home from work.

There are a number of mouthwashes available. Popular options for patients and staff include Colgate Fluorigard and Oral B Pro-Expert. Listerine also have a popular range of mouthwashes but they can be quite strong in flavour and some patients may find that the high alcohol content irritates their mouth. Corsodyl offer a range of mouthwashes that contain strong antibacterial properties, which can be helpful for patients with bleeding, irritated gums. However, they should only be used for up to two weeks, as it can cause the colouring in certain food and drinks to stick to the teeth more than usual, causing heavy staining.


Oral Hygiene Holiday Essentials

Your holiday is a time to unwind, see new places and try new experiences but it's important to maintain your usual oral hygiene routine. Keeping on top of gum and tooth health whilst away will keep you smiling where ever you go!

Items to pack:

Electric or manual toothbrush and carry case, most electric toothbrushes come with a handy carry case, with enough space for 2 heads!

Tooth paste, whether it’s a regular toothpaste, sensitive or a whitening one! We have sample size toothpastes available here for free, they’re small enough to be carried as hand luggage too!

Floss tape/sticks or TePe brushes, whatever your preference, remember to keep plaque at bay by flossing everyday whilst you’re away.

Mouth wash, for those after meal moments when you need to refresh your mouth, a 100ml bottle or smaller can be taken with you on the flight.

Night guard/splint, this is an essential item for all those night time grinders, don’t forget to pack yours to reduce the risk of causing any damage!

Don’t forget a hygienist appointment, a trip to the hygienist would be ideal to keep teeth and gums in tip top condition pre holiday, ready for all those holiday photos (selfie’s or otherwise!).

Make the most of the time away and remember to keep smiling, whatever the weather!