Which Mouthwash Should You Use?
There are different types of mouthwash available in the market today; breath-freshener, antibacterial, fluoridated, etc. The big question is, which one should you be using? Here are some tips on choosing the right type of mouthwash for you and your family:
For Bad Breath or Gum Disease Concerns
If this is the case, a mouthwash with an antibacterial formula is the best one to use. This type of mouthwash fights bad breath, gingivitis and plaque. Products that contain eucalyptol, thymol, menthol, and methyl salicylate are over-the-counter antibacterial mouthwashes that are effective in reducing plaque and gum disease. Antibacterial formulas are said to reduce bacteria counts in the mouth by an average of 75 percent.
For Bad Breath Concerns
For those whose only concern would be bad breath but not necessarily gum disease or tooth decay, breath-freshening mouthwash is the best option as this neutralizes odours. Studies show that zinc and chlorine, the primary ingredients in these rinses, defuse foul-smelling sulphur compounds that are produced by bacteria. Other products contain a germicide called cetylpyridinium – this has anti-gingivitis (gum disease-fighting), and antiplaque benefits. Breath-freshening mouthwashes are known to be easier on the taste buds since they have lower alcohol contents. However, these rinses are not as effective as antibacterial rinses in terms of counteracting gingivitis and plaque.
For Gingivitis or Periodontitis Concerns
In this case, a prescription mouthwash that fights gingivitis-causing germs may be th best choice for you. Clinical studies have shown that chlorhexidine, an active ingredient in prescription mouthwashes, has much stronger antibacterial properties than those ingredients found in over-the-counter brands. An important caution: chlorhexidine can stain teeth. Mouthwashes containing this ingredient are prescription-only and, will likely go hand in hand being monitored by your dental professional.
For Cavity Concerns
For this case, mouthwashes that contain fluoride, a mineral naturally found in water and soil, is the best choice. This will coat the teeth with a protective film that will strengthen the enamel of the teeth, making it more resistant to tooth decay. Fluoride is the only mouthwash ingredient that has been proven to prevent cavities, but it does not protect the teeth from gum disease.
Children whom are decay prone or, having orthodontic care are often encouraged to use this type of rinse.
Antibacterial ingredients are not compatible with fluoride, unfortunately. This is one of the reasons why it is difficult to have an all-in-one mouthwash. Parents need to monitor children closely when using mouthwashes as to not ingest only rinse and spit.
For an elaborate explanation, it is best to have a one-on-one talk with Dr. Marvin Lean or a member of the Team at Pickering Square Dental. He will help you decide on which mouthwash would be the best one for you and your current oral health status.
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