A 16-year-old female asked:
is it ok to not use the orthodontic mouthwash and just use a different one or something else ?
3 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Pain Management 36 years experience
Of course: Use the mouthwash that have the ADA’s Seal only.
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Should be fine: but good to check with your dentist or orthodontist first in case their is a specific reason for advising the use of a specific mouthwash. net-net, general mouthwashes are fine with braces
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Mouthwash: Mouthwash of any sort only provides about 1% of oral hygiene effectiveness. Brushing 2 full minutes 2x/day is about 70% effective, floss/WaterPik about 30% effective. Discuss with your treating Dentist or Orthodontic specialist the reason he/she recommended an "orthodontic mouthwash," and what substitutions would be beneficial.
Last updated May 22, 2017
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