Are Mouthwash Strips Good for Your Teeth and Gums?
Posted on 7/23/2020 by Alyce
Often, we are asked by patients about mouthwash strips or breath strip. If they freshen the breath, are they also good for the teeth and gums? That is a good question, as breath strips and some mouthwashes only act as a temporary fix. In other words, they perfume the mouth, or mask unpleasant odors. The information below will give you further details about the reliability of mouthwash strips.
Why People Use Mouthwash Strips
Most people, who use mouthwash strips, known as breath strips, do so as an inconspicuous way to freshen their breath. These strips can come in handy if you just had onion or garlic for lunch, and don't have a way to brush your teeth. While you might choose to chew gum, it still might not be as indiscreet as using breath strips. If your bad breath is short term, then using the strips can be effective. However, it is not a good idea to use breath strips frequently.
What Happens If You Use Breath Strips Too Often?
If you use mouthwash strips or breath strips frequently, you can end up changing the bacterial content in your mouth, which is not good. The mouth has a delicate balance of bacteria – some of which is good and some of which is bad. The key to making everything work is to get rid of the bad germs and preserve the good bacteria. If you use breath strips too often, all the bacteria are killed, not just the bad germs. As a result, you could end up getting a yeast infection in your mouth, or damaging your teeth and gums.
If you have a problem with bad breath, you need to consult with our office. We can steer you toward products that have antibacterial agents that offer a permanent solution to halitosis. For example, a mouthwash with chlorhexidine controls the gingivitis and plaque that causes bad breath. Give us a call with your questions and set an appointment for an examination today. Whether you need a temporary or permanent solution to a breath problem, we can provide a solution.
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