2 Herbal Mouthwashes To Help Keep Your Permanent Retainers Bacteria Free

4 March 2016
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


While braces are often the first option to fix crooked and misaligned teeth, retainers are also used after your braces have been removed. Retainers help to ensure that your teeth remain in alignment. Typically, you can choose between removable or permanent retainers. Permanent retainers are ideal if you do not want to have to worry about keeping track of your retainers. However, since these retainers cannot be removed from your mouth, they can often result in the buildup of food and plaque. This buildup can cause bacteria and lead to a dental infection. Therefore, it is important to make sure that this area remains clean at all times. Fortunately, there are a few antibacterial mouthwashes that you can use to ensure that your retainers remain bacteria free.

Myrrh Mouthwash

Myrrh contains antimicrobial and antiviral properties that are commonly used to treat infections and fight off bacteria. It is often used on open wounds, but it can also be used to kill off bacteria that leads to tooth decay and infection in your mouth. In order to create a myrrh mouthwash, place a few drops of myrrh oil into a cup of hot water. Stir the mixture for a few minutes until the myrrh oil is fully blended with the water. Once the water cools, use the mixture to clean around your retainers. Work the myrrh mouthwash around your gums and other areas that are hard to reach before rinsing with plain water. In order to prevent bacteria growth, the myrrh mouthwash should be used in the morning and at night.

Thyme Mouthwash

Thyme is a staple medicinal herb because it can be used to treat a number of sicknesses, infections and colds. The herb contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that work to prevent infection before it occurs. You can create your own personal rinse by taking a handful of fresh thyme and placing it in a small pot of water. Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat to low. Allow the thyme to sit in the water for a few minutes before turning the heat up to high. Once the water boils, remove the pot and strain the thyme. Allow the mixture to cool and use the thyme mouthwash to clean your mouth following each meal.

The buildup of plaque and bacteria around your permanent retainers can result in a number of setbacks. Therefore, use these mouthwashes to keep your mouth clean and bacteria free. For more tips, contact your dentist.