Is My Mouthwash Staining My Teeth?

If you use mouthwash, chances are you’re wanting to improve the freshness of your breath and health of your teeth. Sadly, some mouthwashes may actually contribute to tooth staining and detract from the overall appearance of your smile.

Mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine gluconate (CG) are often marketed for the treatment of gum disease. This claim is true – CG is incredibly effective at treating active gum disease, even in over-the-counter mouthwashes. However, CG is also incredibly effective at staining teeth and simple at-home solutions are most likely not enough to eliminate this side-effect.

If your teeth have been stained by mouthwash, Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young can provide any number of teeth whitening solutions to restore luster and beauty to your smile. Which option is ideal for your needs will be dependent on a variety of factors and is best determined during your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Young.

If you suffer from gum disease, it is important that you continue to use a medicated mouthwash. Dr. Young can discuss options for treatment after optimal oral health has been attained during your next visit to our office. To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation, please contact Scott Young, DDS today.

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