Mouthwash should not be viewed as a replacement for daily brushing and flossing, but as a helpful addition to your daily oral hygiene routine.
Some benefits of mouthwash are: reducing bad breath, help to prevent cavities, fight against gum disease, and relief of dry mouth.
Mouthwashes are divided into two categories: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwash may combat bad breath temporarily and leave a pleasant taste. Therapeutic mouthwash has active ingredients that help fight against gingivitis, plaque, dental decay and bad breath.
A mouthwash that is formulated to fight against gingivitis and plaque will likely have antimicrobial ingredients such as chlorhexidine, cetylpyridinium, and essential oils.
Mouthwashes that are designed to be anti-cavity will have fluoride ions which help remineralize broken-down enamel.
There are also whitening mouthwashes. These mouth washes will usually contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient.
A few important thought to end this blog.
- Using mouthwash does not mean you do not need to brush and floss. It is used in conjunction with a proper oral hygiene regimen.
- Always use mouthwash that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
- Use prescription mouthwash as directed.