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What To Look Out For When Choosing The Right Mouthwash

If you’ve already undergone a dental implant in Richmond then you’ll know that despite the implant being strong, it can be prone to attack from bacteria, especially in the early days, therefore it’s extremely important to have a regular and thorough cleaning routine. Aside from brushing and flossing, the other component that plays a big part in this routine is a good mouthwash. The trouble is there’s so many on the market, how do you choose the right one for you? Let’s take a look…


Fluoride mouthwashes

Fluoride has been the subject of many debates among the dentistry profession for years and most of it has been related to the amount of fluoride needed to protect teeth. The trouble is that if you go to your local supermarket and pick up several bottle of mouthwash to compare they’ll all show different levels of fluoride, so it can be pretty confusing. In essence fluoride creates a kind of protective film over our teeth that helps to prevent plaque build-up which can harm newly placed dental implants if not properly removed. As a result mouthwashes containing a higher level of fluoride are better. As a side note, in the UK, common or garden tap water naturally contains certain levels of fluoride anyway, so if you don’t mind a glass or two of ‘Adams Ale’ during the day, then you might not need such a high fluoride content mouthwash.


Antibacterial mouthwashes

It’s true that most mouthwashes contain traces of these antibacterial components, however certain mouthwashes are made specifically to fight bacterial infections. These are ideal for newly placed dental implants. In Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we recommend that our implant patients use some form of antibacterial mouthwash especially in the early days. One thing to remember is that antibacterial mouthwash should be used as a preventative not a cure, so if you are already suffering with infections or gum disease then it’s imperative that you speak to your implant dentist at the earliest possible opportunity.


Alcohol mouthwashes

Again many mouthwashes contain certain elements of alcohol, but some far more than others. Alcohol acts as an antiseptic clearing the mouth of any hidden germs. However if you have problems with a dry mouth then an alcohol based mouthwash can exacerbate the issue. For children it’s probably preferable to purchase an alcohol-free mouthwash simply because children are prone to swallowing it and it can lead to side effects.


Hopefully this has given you some pointers when looking to find the right mouthwash to suit you. If you need any further advice on what mouthwash is best for you after receiving dental implants in Richmond then Sheen Dental can advise you on the best course of action. Contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk where you’ll find a multitude of information on all aspects of the dental implant procedure as well as caring for your implants, post surgery.

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