Mouthwash might seem like a simple purchase, but unfortunately not all mouthwashes are created equally. There are many options on the market these days that it can be quite difficult to choose the right product. Here is a quick breakdown of the various types of mouthwash and how you can decide between them.
Antiseptic mouthwashes are mainly for preventing bad breath or gum disease. As the name implies, these mouthwashes kill bacteria in the mouth that can cause problems like bad breath, plaque and gingivitis. They contain chlorhexidine gluconate, a chemical that stops the growth of bacteria. You should avoid overusing an antiseptic mouthwash as high levels of the chemical can cause discolouration of the teeth.
Fluoride mouthwashes contain sodium fluoride to help strengthen teeth and provide another layer of protection against tooth decay. Fluoride mouth rinses are proven to help prevent cavities, and are the best mouthwash for most people’s needs.
Cosmetic mouthwashes only provide a temporary mask for bad breath. They may provide your mouth with a pleasant, soothing taste, but do not deal with any of the underlying causes of bad breath nor do they kill bacteria. That means they do nothing to reduce plaque, gingivitis, or cavities. Always look for mouthrinses that have earned the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval to make sure it is providing therapeutic benefits.
Do I Need a Mouthrinse?
A dentist is the best person to advise you on whether or not you need to use a mouthrinse. Rinsing helps remove debris from the mouth, but it is not a substitute for flossing or brushing. If you’re having difficulty brushing and flossing, adding a mouthrinse to your routine will help give you another layer of protection against cavities or periodontal (gum) disease. Mouthwashes are not recommended for children six and younger.
What Should I Do First?
Many people worry about the sequence in which they brush, floss, and rinse. The truth is that it makes absolutely no difference so long as you do a thorough job and use quality products with therapeutic benefits.
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