Mouthwash And Your Oral Care Routine

Mouthwash And Your Oral Care Routine

When considering your oral health it is very important to remember that prevention is far better than intervention.

By this we mean that avoiding oral health problems (prevention), is likely to be much easier than having to undergo treatment for an issue (intervention).

The majority of us are aware that in order to do this we need to be brushing our teeth twice per day, and flossing once a day.

However, some people are unsure where mouthwash should fit into their oral care routine.

Read on to find out more…

Should I Use Mouthwash?

As with a lot of things, this is a question that cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. However, providing that you stick to the above advice to maintain your oral health, mouthwash will not be a necessity.

Mouthwash: The Pros

Doctor Schwartz DDS suggests that mouthwash can be helpful in three ways:

Reducing the amount of acid in the mouth – Exposure to acid can cause the surface of your teeth to erode, this is referred to as dental erosion.
Cleaning hard-to-brush places – Some areas may be harder to clean than others, especially around the gums. Children may struggle to clean their teeth efficiently, and can use mouthwash with the addition of some water.
Remineralising teeth – This is a process that repairs lost enamel. Whilst teeth cannot be ‘rebuilt’ by practising good dental hygiene, remineralisation can be beneficial.

Dry mouth – Further to Doctor Schwartz’s suggestions, mouthwash may also be an effective way to deal with persistent dry mouth, which may occur due to different types of medication. However, if you are using mouthwash for this purpose it is important to find one that is alcohol free, as the alcohol may contribute to dry mouth and possibly lead to sores.

Mouthwash: The Cons

Ineffectual – Whilst many brands of mouthwash claim to provide you with fresher breath or whiter teeth, in actuality if a mouthwash does not contain fluoride it will be of little, or possibly no, benefit to your oral health.

Staining And Irritation – Cetylpyridinium chloride is an ingredient found in a number of mouthwashes that may stain your teeth, or cause irritation.

Antibacterial mouthwashes often contain chlorhexidine. Although this may be helpful for short-term use following some dental procedures, such as tooth extraction, or to reduce gum inflammation, long-term use is not advised as this can result in teeth staining.

Tooth Decay – Perhaps counterintuitively, some mouthwashes may actually lead to tooth decay. Acidic stabilising agents are commonly found in mouthwashes, as they extend shelf-life, however these ingredients have also been shown to erode tooth enamel and increase the risk of decay. Furthermore, many mouthwashes remove the ‘good bacteria’ found in the mouth, weakening your oral microbiome and leading to future problems.

Bad Breath

Many individuals who struggle with bad breath choose to use mouthwash frequently as a way to manage the problem. Unfortunately, this may be simply treating the symptom whilst ignoring a possible underlying issue.

If you find yourself concerned about bad breath, book in with us today.

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Tackling Toothache

Visiting the dentist isn’t a pleasant experience for everyone, and we know some people have anxieties and worries about dental and medical treatments at the best of times, let alone with everything going on with coronavirus. However, there are times when you need to be aware of what’s going on in your mouth – sometimes biting your tongue to get through the pain just isn’t going to cut it!

Toothache is extremely common, with most of us having suffered with it in some form or another at some point in our lives. Often, the pain is only small and temporary and can sometimes reveal itself after you’ve eaten something too hot or too cold! Yet, in certain situations, the pain can be unbearable – it is times such as these when visiting or contacting your emergency dentist at Yew Tree Dental is advised.

What Causes Toothache?

Toothache can be caused by numerous different things, ranging from ulcers or receding gums to an infected dental pulp. Normally, toothache won’t go away on its own, and if it does, it often comes back in a much more severe way. The longer you leave or tolerate toothache, the worse it is going to get – so seeking help sooner rather than later is something we advise!

One of the most common causes of toothache is tooth decay which occurs as a result of the bacteria that builds up in your mouth. This bacteria loves the food that you love – moulding with the sugars and starches to create a layer of plaque! Plaque is a sticky film which will erode the enamel on your teeth over time, eventually resulting in toothache!

Additional reasons for toothache include:

Bacterial infections
Jaw alignment issues
Sinus problems
Broken fillings
Cracked or fractured teeth

When To Visit a Dentist

Toothache is often a sign of a bigger problem that can negatively affect your oral health, and in some instances, your health in general! That is why it’s best to see your dentist as soon as the problem arises – the longer you leave it, the more serious the problem is likely to become.

We recommend that you see a dentist if you have oral pain that lasts for more than two days or doesn’t go away after you have taken painkillers. Having a high temperature and pain when you bite are often signifiers that you should probably visit a dentist as well!

If you have made an appointment but are struggling to ease your pain whilst you wait, then we would recommend taking household painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. If this doesn’t work then you can also try rinsing your mouth with salt water. Try and avoid sweet foods and those that are very hot or cold as they can make the pain worse!

Visit Us At Yew Tree Dental

Yew Tree Dental is an award-winning, family-run dental and implant centre that has been running since the 1960s. In that time we are proud to have had generations of satisfied patients and customers visit us, and we look forward to helping many more long into the future.

If you would like to book an appointment or want to seek advice from a dental expert, you can contact us on 01753 522500. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected]

If you are experiencing difficulties with your teeth, please call us immediately so we can make you an emergency appointment.

Why Do Our Teeth Hurt

Why Do Our Teeth Hurt?: Possible Reasons For Your Toothache

Toothache can be enough to ruin anyone’s day. In the most extreme cases, those affected can experience persistent periods of discomfort and see their mood, work and sleep pattern disrupted by this lingering and relentless pain.

But why do our teeth suddenly begin to hurt? There are a number of possible reasons for the development of toothache, some temporary and some which can only be remedied by medical intervention.


Common Causes of Toothache

Our teeth endure their fair share of strenuous activity, helping us to break down food for digestion and supporting us in the formation of speech. Through life, the foods we eat and the amount of time we dedicate to the upkeep of our oral hygiene really can have an effect on the condition and health of our teeth.

Poor dietary choices and the lack of a proper brushing and flossing routine can leave us open to the development of dental and oral health problems, a symptom of which is toothache, an often very aggravating condition.


Listed below are some of the most common causes of toothache:

  • Sensitive roots: Gum disease can lead to the exposure of the roots of our teeth. As bacteria linked to gum disease can break down the bone that normally protects the root of a tooth, this is left to experience heightened sensitivity. In this instance, certain foods – hot, cold or spicy – can result in our teeth becoming unbearably sensitive and force us to abandon eating some of our favourite meals.
  • Tooth decay: Over time, the enamel that covers our teeth can be weakened by plaque bacteria. This can lead to cavities (holes in our teeth) and increased pain when eating and drinking. Dental intervention may be required to ensure that this does not spread to the entire tooth.
  • Abscesses: An abscess occurs due to a buildup of pus in certain parts of a tooth, often as a result of infection. When abscesses occur, toothache can range from moderate to severe and, if left unchecked, can lead to the development of incredibly serious health conditions.
  • The loss of a filling: After a cavity has been plugged by a filling, many patients enjoy being able to use their teeth to their full potential. There are occasions, however, when these can become dislodged and fall out. When this occurs, it makes sense that the pain that originally accompanied the emergence of a cavity once again reveals itself, making routine, teeth-based tasks difficult to complete.
  • Wisdom teeth: The process of wisdom teeth establishing a place in your mouth can be a painful one, with specific areas of the mouth enduring great tenderness and swelling. In this instance, it is quite often the wisdom teeth themselves that are the source of the pain.

How Should Toothache Be Dealt With?

As with most common health conditions, there are a number of home remedies for managing toothache. These include taking pain relief, avoiding certain foods for a set amount of time, placing an ice pack around the affected area, gargling salt water or a solution comprised of garlic/cloves and elevating the head when trying to get some sleep.

However, these are quite often only momentary solutions to toothache. If you’re suffering with constant toothache, and this is only increasing in severity, it’s vital to get in touch with a dental professional.


Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre

Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre is a family-run dental practice with a long and established history. We make it our mission to ensure that all of our patients have a positive experience whenever they visit us and we’re well-known for the fabulous and sensitive care we provide to patients of a more nervous disposition.

If you’re struggling with a persistent and nagging toothache and would like to book an appointment with us, visit our website or call 01753 522 500.

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