Guide to Using the Right Mouthwash, According to the Dentist

Brush your teeth twice a day every day is not enough to keep your teeth and mouth clean. Yes, in fact, toothbrushes are only able to reach 25 percent of the tooth surface, so the germs between the teeth cannot be eradicated optimally. Well, in order to maintain the cleanliness of your mouth area, you need a mouthwash.

Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to use mouthwash properly. If you are still confused, see the full guide below.

The benefits of using a mouthwash
In addition to helping fight bacteria that nest in the mouth, dental mouthwashes can work effectively to help refresh breathing, remove plaque, and help prevent cavities. Therefore, mouthwash is an important range of overall dental and oral care.

However, it is important to understand that mouthwash is not a medicine to treat a variety of chronic dental and oral problems. If you experience complaints about the oral cavity, a dentist check is the most appropriate solution.

How to use mouthwash
In order for the benefits of the mouthwash to be felt optimally, it is important for you to know how to use it properly. Lecturer at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Indonesia, drg. Sri Angky Soekanto, Ph.D., PBO shared tips on how to use safe and correct mouthwash.

According to drg. Sri Angky who was met on Friday (9/11), there are four things that must be considered in the use of mouthwash. Among others are:

1. Right step
As mentioned above, just brushing your teeth is not enough to remove bacteria that stick to the surface of your gums or teeth. Therefore, rinsing is needed, aka gargling after a toothbrush so that the remnants of germs that still stick on the surface of the teeth and gums can be cleaned thoroughly.

2. Right way
Use mouthwash according to the dosage, so that it is not overused. The use of excessive mouthwash will cause an overdose that has a negative impact on your body. Drg. Sri Angky said that the use of mouthwash more than the recommended dosage would cause dry mouth and trigger canker sores.

"Overdose (mouthwash) can vary, depending on our body. There are those that immediately become dry (mouth), so canker sores, there are also more susceptible to infection. Eating can also be sick, "said drg. Sri Angky who also serves as Chair of the Indonesian Dentist College (KDGI).

Even the use of excessive mouthwash can cause bacterial resistance. Yes, just like antibiotics, the use of excessive mouthwash can actually make bacteria in the mouth become resistant (immune to drugs). Bacterial resistance makes the bacteria continue to grow and multiply in the mouth.

Ideally, use as much as 20 ml mouthwash. Then rinse the right, left, then look up (but not swallowed) for at least 30 seconds. After that remove the mouthwash liquid from the mouth.

3. On time
Some people might assume that the more frequent gargling using mouthwash, the better the benefits will be obtained. However, this assumption is in fact wrong.

In fact, gargling can protect the mouth area for 12 hours, so to get maximum results and a clean mouth, you should gargle regularly twice a day after brushing your teeth.

"Just like using antibiotics, there are chemicals that we use in the oral cavity. Then we must also be careful. We do not recommend more than twice. Once again, just twice is right, "said drg. Sri Angky.

4. Routine
Same as brushing your teeth, gargling with mouthwash should also be done regularly and continuously (every day). This is done so that the benefits of mouthwash can be felt optimally.

It is important to understand that mouthwash only helps reduce bacteria and germs, cannot clean the oral cavity as a whole. Therefore, make sure you keep brushing your teeth regularly.

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