Rinsing Away Bad Breath…
As a professional who sits inches away from peoples’ noses each and every day, I am acutely aware of my own breath. I brush and floss and rinse so many times in a day that I’m sure I could be classified as having OCOHD…Obsessive Compulsive Oral Hygiene Disorder.
It is my opinion that dentists should have fresh breath, healthy gums, and pretty white teeth. Anything else makes one wonder. Though sometimes; coffee and red wine build up on my own teeth and darken them a bit.
Which reminds me of a saying from one of my old coaches, “Never go to a barber who has a bad haircut.”
Minty fresh breath starts with great oral hygiene. Nothing can replace a little elbow grease cleaning your own teeth (brushing AND flossing) twice a day. Professional cleanings help to remove the plaque and tarter that you cannot, but daily maintenance must be done at home.
Recently, I have become obsessed with finding the best mouthwash. So much so that I have purchased and tried most every brand and type available. You name it…all-natural, anti-cavity, whitening, organic, anti-plaque, alcohol-free, anti-gingivitis, prescription strength, de-sensitizing…and I probably own a bottle of it. I’ve rinsed, brushed, water-flossed, and sloshed most every type I can find.
And the results?
Some taste better than others. Some make your mouth feel clean. Some smell good and some not so good. Some burn. Some are gritty and some are slimy. Each and every rinse seems to be a little different. After trying a bunch of types and brands, I certainly prefer a few. Unfortunately, there seems to be no “best” in the bunch and I’d guess a dozen people would all pick a different favorite. To each their own.
Diving into “the research” reveals not too different results. Rinses with fluoride have been shown to help prevent cavities. Some anti-bacterial, anti-plaque, and anti-gingivitis rinses have been shown to reduce inflammation and bleeding of the gums. Overall, there is no consensus of “the best.” The only recurring theme of the research is that a rinse cannot replace daily flossing and brushing.
There’s no substitute to taking care of yourself.
Until next week, keep smiling.
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