Unfortunately, most of us will be getting wisdom teeth in our teens and early 20’s and about 95% of us will need them removed due to lack of space in our mouth. Usually they need to be removed because they are positioned incorrectly and cause problems within our jaws and push against other teeth. A lot of the time they partially come in with just a portion poking through the gum tissue which can hold onto bacteria and cause an infection.
There are many different mouthwashes on the market today and it really kind of depends on what your specific needs are as to which one you choose. The main thing to look for in a mouthwash when choosing the right mouthwash for your taste, is that it has the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This means that the product has met all criteria through the ADA to be approved for safety and effectiveness. It also means that anything on the label or packaging that the product claims has been evaluated and approved.
At your last dental check up, did you have a bunch of cavities? If you did, you may want to start rinsing with a mouthwash that has fluoride. Fluoride helps to increase the strength of teeth and also make them less cavity prone (you may want to also check out your diet as to why those cavities are appearing). Usually fluoride rinses are meant to be swished after you brush your teeth and then avoid eating or drinking for about ½ hour to let it soak in. To learn more about Fluoride, check out our “Guide to Fluoride: Why You Need it” blog entry.
You may not have known someone with oral cancer, but the incidence of it is on the rise so knowing if you’re at risk for oral cancer is very important Oral cancers can affect the tongue, cheeks, lips, gums and the hard or soft palate. In the U.S. alone, approximately 100 people everyday will be diagnosed with a form of mouth cancer and 1 person will die from oral cancer every hour of the day. 1
Oral cancers historically would afflict people who were over the age of 40, but it is now found that HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is an oral cancer-causing agent in a younger age group. This is the same virus that can cause cervical cancers in women.