The Differences Between Mouthwash and Toothpaste

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Have you ever put mouthwash or toothbrush on your shopping list without knowing the difference between these products? Have you ever found yourself staring at all the options of the brushes or mouthwashes without knowing why there are so many choices? Would you be interested in learning that there are actually a quite a few benefits and disadvantages to these multiple options?

When you choose a new toothbrush—which you should do every three months or so— you should remember to buy one that you can move around your mouth easily. If the top of your brush is too big, you might not be able to clean your pearly whites as well as you need to. As you might have guessed, this can leave you more vulnerable to decay. Similarly, please remember to pick a brush that has soft bristles. If your bristles are really hard, they might hurt your pearly whites. Please also note that you can use a manual toothbrush or an electric brush as long as they fit these parameters.

There are also different kinds of mouthwashes you could purchase. For instance, you could get a mouthwash that has alcohol in it. This can help you kill the bacteria that resides in your mouth, but isn’t a good solution for those who struggle with sensitive teeth. You could also buy a mouthwash that contains fluoride, which will help you keep your teeth strong and healthy. Still, this option isn’t great for little children because you fluoride shouldn’t be swallowed. Finally, you may want to choose antibacterial mouthwash because it can kill germs and bacteria in your teeth and gums.

If you’d like to learn more about buying the perfect toothbrush or mouthwash in Charlotte, North Carolina, we invite you to give Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA a call at 704-523-7221. Our dentist, Dr. Robert H. Watson, and our team will gladly address any concerns you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!