Ask Orthodontic Specialists: What’s the deal with mouthwash?

  • Ask Orthodontic Specialists: What’s the deal with mouthwash?

    January 27th, 2012

    While mouthwash is not an alternative to regular brushing and flossing, it can help keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. There are several different types of mouthwashes available, and all of them will help do different things for your smile. The most common types of mouthwashes are:

    • Fluoride – fluoride is the most used type of mouthwash available, and is used to strengthen the enamel of the teeth while preventing cavities and tooth decay.
    • Antiseptic – an antiseptic mouthwash is used to kill bacteria and germs in the mouth. Most commonly used before and after a dental surgery, antiseptic mouthwashes can also help to fight gum disease, and halitosis (chronic bad breath). Antiseptic mouthwashes can affect your sense of taste and may stain the teeth, so it is recommended that you consult your dentist before using this type of mouthwash.
    • Combination – a combination mouthwash is designed to help prevent tooth decay, freshen the breath, and maintain the health of your smile.
    • Prescription – for patients with gum disease, or any signs of gum disease, you may need a prescription mouthwash. Prescription mouthwashes, like Peridex of PerioGard, are used to treat gingivitis, and other forms of decay.

    There are also many different brands of mouthwash. Some common brands include:

    • Scope
    • Listerine
    • Act
    • Crest
    • Tom’s of Maine (all-natural)
    • Plax (anti-plaque rinse)
    • Breath Rx
    • Orajel
    • Targon (special mouthwash made for smokers)
    • Rembrandt (whitening mouthwash)

    If you are curious about which kind of mouthwash would work best for you, be sure to ask us at your next appointment. If you have a favorite mouthwash, let us know by posting a comment for others to read!

    –- Orthodontic Specialists

  • Thanks to Invisalign, you can have a perfect smile without metal wires or brackets!

    January 20th, 2012

    At Orthodontic Specialists, we know image is everything. For many people, the thought of having metal brackets and wires attached to their teeth for two or more years may be more than enough to delay orthodontic treatment.

    If you’ve been considering straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about metal wires and brackets getting in the way of your smile, Invisalign treatment at Orthodontic Specialists may be a great solution. Invisalign, which straightens teeth through a series
    of clear, custom-fit removable aligners, does so in a way that is discreet and hardly noticeable.

    If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment at our office, please give us a call to schedule a consultation with our doctors.

  • Dr. David Eichel, reminding you to protect your mouth this winter

    January 12th, 2012

    With winter sports under way for a lot of our patients, Dr. David Eichel thought it would be a good time to remind our young athletes wearing braces to take care of both their mouth and appliances while participating in contact sports (and non-contact sports) this winter.

    More than half of the seven million sports and recreation-related injuries that occur each year are sustained by youth between ages 5 and 24. Sixty-seven percent of parents say their child does not wear a mouth guard, yet, 70 percent say their biggest fear when their child plays is that they will get hurt. Despite the risks, many kids are still not wearing mouth guards and facial
    protection during games and practices.

    Many people think a mouth guard is effective just to protect your teeth. But research has shown mouth guards can also reduce lower jaw impact that causes concussions and other dental injuries. Our staff at Eichel Orthodontics encourage you to head over to the American Association of Orthodontists’ website for a quick primer on the importance of mouth guards and facial protection.

    We hope this helps you remember to always wear a mouth guard and other forms of protective gear when participating in fall sports! We encourage you to give us a call if you have any questions or ask us on Facebook!

  • Have you had a check-up lately?

    January 04th, 2012

    Even if you brush and floss daily, as well as maintain your braces and visit our office during your orthodontic treatment it is still important to visit your local dentist every 6 months, or as recommended.


    • Your dentist can detect and treat tooth and gum problems that you may have never felt or noticed.
    • Even thorough daily oral care may not be enough to prevent cavities and oral decay.
    • Frequent visits can allow your dentist to treat a problem early to prevent future complications.During an oral exam your dentist can check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue. Checkups will also include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing.

      If you have not visited a dentist in the past six months, please let us know! Dr. David Eichel will be happy to provide a few great references here in the area!

    — Eichel Orthodontics & Team