Excessive mouth rinses can cause tartar, dental stains or major problems
The feel of your mouth after the use of a rinse is indisputably. Nice if you enjoy the pleasures of hygiene: a wave of freshness, the smell of a disinfectant product and a blast of cleaning. You must recognise it: it can be addictive.
However, the General Dentists Council warned at the end of April about a worrying increase in the number of people using the rinse without
prescription. In 2015, the Council already announced that the increase had risen from 23 per cent in 2010 to 63 per cent in 2015. Did you know that you should ask the dentist for its use?
The president of the General Dentists Council, Dr. Óscar Castro Reino connects this increase with the excessive advertising of these products on television but feels “the publicity of mouth rinses is not clear and is confusing citizens about its correct use. Many are using the mouthwash as a substitute for brushing, when in no way must it must be like that.”
The Council stresses that the right thing is to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste and then floss or brush your teeth.
Mouthwashes are often used to prevent bad breath and achieve a deeper cleaning. However, these sometimes contain a proportion of alcohol between 18 and 26 per cent which can create not only burning but intoxication if swallowed too much.
“The objective of brushing is to clean the teeth and gums, not disinfect the mouth. The oral flora is as important as the gastrointestinal. It helps to start digestion and self-regulates to maintain balance and deter the proliferation of harmful bac-teria. We do not shower with Betadine or disinfectant soaps, it would lead to skin disorders due to imbalance in the flora; using a rinse excessively could also damage that balance,” specifies Víctor Cubillo, medi-cal director of Artedental, the expert clinicwith more than 15 years of practice in the municipality of Puerto de la Cruz.
Talking about mouth rinses, Castro points out that “effectively, they have many benefits, but they must always be used under the dentist’s prescription because they are specific for each clinical situation (infections, sensitivity dentin, halitosis, gingivitis, etc.). For this reason, he adds, prolonged use can have consequences such as the appearance of tartar, stains, undesirable teeth or major problems.”
Population studies of the Spanish Society of Periodontics (SEPA) show that these hygiene methods, as a complement to brushing twice a day “would help patients get better result. However, he emphasises that mouthwashes with chlorhexidin can tint the teeth and the tongue, alter the sense of taste, affect the oral mucosa, encourage the deposit of calculus gingival, produce allergic reactions, reduce oral flora and favour the appearance of resistances if it is used for long periods of time. These side effects appear in different degrees and intensity depending on other factors related to the areas of people’s lives (brushing, smoking, coffee, etc.)
“Mouthwashes can help solve a problem in a timely manner. The risk is they are abused and that is why it is necessary that the dentist indicates how to take them and the duration of treatment,” Castro explains.