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My mom is in an ALF with dementia, and will not brush teeth, but she will swish mouthwash twice daily. Although not the best, is this OK oral hygiene?

My mom is in an ALF with dementia, and will not brush teeth, but she will swish mouthwash twice daily. Although not the best, is this OK oral hygiene?

Tough: This is always a tough situation to deal with. Proper supervision is imperative, but having such supervision is not always available. Swishing is fine, but if someone can atr least wipe the teeth with a gauze may provide some relief. ...Read more

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Is a tooth abscess cured if it drains? Do i still need to go to my dentist? I had a small bump on my gums, and i was going to make an appointment, but this morning it burst and drained. Didn’t taste too good, but i swished some mouthwash around my mouth,

Is a tooth abscess cured if it drains? Do i still need to go to my dentist? I had a small bump on my gums, and i was going to make an appointment, but this morning it burst and drained. Didn’t taste too good, but i swished some mouthwash around my mouth,

Not cured: The 'bump' on the gums is a draining abscess. The symptoms tend to diminish when the bump opens and lets the fluid (pus) drain. But, the source of the infection is still present...It must be treated to avoid a chronic abscess. ...Read more

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What are the top 3 mouthwashes?

What are the top 3 mouthwashes?

Top mouth rinses: Top in sales, effectiveness or ? There are so many on the market and they all have different ingredients and indications. In general, they are not even an essential part of good oral hygiene. Ask your own dentist to recommend the right one for you based upon your specific circumstances and needs. ...Read more

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Is mouthwash effective?

Is  mouthwash effective?

Good for 1% of care!: In my office daily flossing is 93% of home care; toothbrushing is 6% and mouthwash is at best 1%. Don't believe what you see on the commercials. (have you ever seen a commercial for floss? No! because there is no profit in selling it!). But there must be a tremendous profit in pitching 40 proof mouthwash! ...Read more

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What mouthwash is the best?

What mouthwash is the best?

ADA seal is the best: Always look for the ADA Seal mouthwash to insure that the product has been objectively evaluated for safety and effectiveness. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do I do after using mouthwash?

Spit it out: It is not adviseable to swallow mouthwash. Since mouthwash is used after flossing and brushing, you can go about your day if done upon waking or just go to bed if in at bedtime. ...Read more

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How could mouthwash be good for you?

Adjunct: Mouthwash reduces harmful bacterial levels. Tooth brushing 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock removes about 70% of bacteria. Flossing/Water Pik removes a little under 30% from places toothbrush can never reach. Mouthwash may reduce 1-2%. So mouthwash not a substitute for brushing/flossing. ...Read more

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What type of mouthwash should I use?

Listerine: Listerine really does work fantastically, but the alcohol is irritating. Crest pro health is a good second choice that has no burning taste. Mouth wash does not even remotely compare to the effectiveness of proper flossing and brushing. Mouth wash helps when you have healthy gums, but it should not be a substitute for good hygiene. ...Read more

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How come many mouthwashes use alcohol?

How come many mouthwashes use alcohol?

It's a disinfectant: Alcohol has historically been used as a disinfectant; listerine is a well known example whose original formulation was 27% alcohol. Today there are a number of good non alcohol mouth rinses that are also effective and gentle. Crest prohealth, colgate total, natural dentist and listerine zero are a few. ...Read more

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