Dental Rinses, Gels, and Foams: How Do They Work?

Six Month Smiles Gives Us the Answers to: Are All Dental Foams Gels and Rinses Used for Dental Hygiene?

With all the different products out on the consumer market it can be hard to distinguish the benefits of one dental product over another. Just choosing a toothpaste, a gel or a mouth rinse can seem overwhelming, especially after you walk down two or three aisles and still have  another one full of different dental products.

To help clear the air, we have decided to offer a simple guide that explains the differences between dental rinses, gels and foams. Hopefully with the information you gain from reading this guide put together with the help of Six Month Smiles, you will have a better idea of the type of product you need, and the benefits you could get from using it. 


Fluoride rinses

Six Month Smiles tells us that mouth fluoride rinses, or mouth washes do have some benefits. These products are used to defend your teeth from harmful acids. Mouthwash or mouth rinses help strengthen tooth enamel  and help rinse the bacteria that causes bad breath away. Mouthwash is mainly used for shielding teeth from cavity causing acids.


How to Use A Fluoride Rinse?

Using mouthwash will help protect your teeth from disease, infection and acid erosion. When using mouthwash, you want to only use it about  3 times a day. This way the rinse wont eat away your tooth enamel. To use mouthwash you are going to want to read the label on the bottle you have purchased to make sure you use the amount you need each time rinsing. The best time to use a mouth rinse is in the morning and evening after brushing your teeth, say the experts at Six Month Smiles. 


Dental Gels

There are many type of dental gels and they have different benefits. Some are meant to protect your teeth from plaque, others for numbing your gums while in a dental procedure. Today, we are going to discuss both of these gels for your benefit.

  1. Corsodyl dental gel – this is a dental gel that is specially formulated to protect  teeth and gums from biofilms and it helps maintain dental hygiene. It also protects your mouth from many different infections that cause gum disease tartar, and tooth decay.
  2. Numbing gel – this gel is used by a dentist when go in for a dentist procedure, maybe the fixing of a cavity, or a tooth pulling. If you are having some teeth work done at the dentist you will need to know that you are going to get a shot of an  anesthetic which will help the numbing gel to work properly and numb your mouth.


Dental Foams?

Dental foams are forms of fluoride mouthwashes, and numbing jelly mixed together, these foams can typically be used for important dental procedures in which you may be sedated or numbed while the procedure is taking place.

The Use of Gels and Foams in the Dental Office

There are some gels and foams that need to be supervised or used solely by your dental professional. For instance, there is a dental product known as corsodyl. This is a numbing gel used by dental professionals like those at Six Month Smiles. When they apply your mouth with these gels or foams your mouth will become numb within minutes of being applied. These numbing solutions usually last 2-4 hours depending on the person. If you are deathly afraid of needles there is no way you can go through a dental procedure like teeth pulling, root canals, or cavity fixing without your gum being numbed. You will need a shot of some form of anesthetic the dentist will provide to numb your mouth.

You might think that it may be possible to use the numbing gel without the anesthetic shot.However, your dentist cannot use numbing gel in your mouth without using additional anesthetic in  the gum, because you need both products to  numb the gums throughout the whole dental procedure, and to help you avoid feeling any discomfort. .

Bottom Line

Rinses and gels are normally over-the-counter products that can help improve your dental hygiene. There are also foams and gels that help your dentist perform more significant dental procedures without causing you an excessive amount of pain.

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