Which Mouthwash Should You Use?

With so many mouthwashes on the market today, how do you know which to choose? So here are a few facts that might help you make a decision about your oral health.

Mouthwash can do more than simply freshen your breath – it can ward of plaque, cavities, gingivitis and other gum diseases. But that’s only if you use a bacteria-fighting rinse after your brush and floss. A product with fluoride can help prevent tooth decay; it is best to wait at least 30 minutes after brushing to use a mouthwash. Rinsing with an alcohol-based mouthwash isn’t good for children under 6, who are more likely to swallow the liquid.

There are so many different types of mouthwashes available on the market today and it can be so confusing which one is best for you. The choice can be discussed with your dentist at Friars Walk Dental Practice depending on your individual oral health needs.

Natural Mouthwashes e.g. warm saltwater

A homemade mouthwash containing warm water and 2 teaspoons of salt can be used following a tooth extraction or to treat a minor infection or injury.

Mouthwash at the dentist

These are ideal for eliminating odours that linger after eating and drinking certain foods, but they do not offer health benefits.

Fluoride Mouthwashes

If you are prone to cavities, the sodium provides a layer of protection over the teeth, making them more resistant to decay. It will also help strengthen the enamel and maintain dental hygiene, and keep your teeth strong.

Alcohol Mouthwashes e.g. Listerine

Alcohol in mouthwash works as an antiseptic by killing germs and some viral infections. People with dry mouth should avoid alcohol-based mouthwash because it can make the problem worse.

Anti-bacterial Mouthwashes e.g. Corsodyl

These contain chlorhexidine gluconate which fights gum disease and other infections by stopping the growth of bacteria that can lead to gingivitis and tooth decay. Most mouthwash products contain at least trace of these antibacterial. The use of chlorhexidine over a long period of time can cause brown staining of the teeth, but your dental hygienist can easily remove this for you.

So its fine to use a mouthwash, but brushing and flossing are still the mainstays in preventing cavities and gum disease.

When you next visit us at Friars Walk Dental Practice ask our Dental Team which they would recommend for you.

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