The Importance of Rinsing
Mouthwash has been recommended by dentists to freshen breath, help reduce tooth decay, reduce plaque and reduce the effects of acidic foods and beverages. Pre-rinsing before your dental appointment is not a new notion in the field of dentistry. With our current awareness of viruses and the reduction of their spread, you will likely to be asked to swish and spit at your next dental visit.
Our mouths are filled with bacteria, viruses and fungi. While not all bad, some are responsible for infections and diseases. By rinsing with an antimicrobial solution, the number of microbes present in the mouth is reduced, making fewer that may escape during dental care through spatter or direct contact. One study published over twenty years ago, showed a sustained reduction in organisms after rinsing for up to sixty minutes, which is about the length of a dental appointment.
Another study showed that when a pre-procedural rinse was used, the bacterial content of aerosols was reduced by 94%. Several products work well for this. Non-alcohol over the counter mouthwashes, chlorhexidine, or a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water all have an effect on the quantity of microbes in the mouth.
Put your mind at ease that your dentist is doing everything possible to eliminate the risk of cross-contamination and protect you. The fact that a preprocedural rinse can reduce bacteria in the mouth and keep the patient and dental personnel safer is an excellent reason to rinse before your treatment begins.
Lake Grove Dental
16455 Boones Ferry Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035