Mouth rinse or mouth wash is a common product use for oral hygiene. Mouth rinses or mouth wash are used for variety of reasons such as to help prevent tooth decay, reduce plaque, reduce gingivitis, and more importantly freshens breath. There are also mouth wash or rinses that are used for cosmetic reasons such as whitening teeth. Most mouthwashes are available without prescription, and your dentist can recommend what type of mouth wash or rinse works best for you.
Mouth rinses or mouth washes are made of basic ingredients such as water, alcohol, cleansing agents, flavoring and coloring agents, the active ingredients will depend on the type of mouth rinse. Some mouth rinses also come with fluoride to make the tooth more resistant to decay. There are also some mouth rinses that contain no alcohol and are made for adult and children. The antimicrobial part in the mouth rinse help reduce plaque and severity of gingivitis.
There are two types of mouth rinses, there is cosmetic and therapeutic. The cosmetic mouth rinses temporarily control or minimizes bad breath but doesn’t deal with the causes of bad breath. Cosmetic mouth rinses do not help reduce plaque, gingivitis, or caries. Therapeutic mouth rinses help reduce plaque, gingivitis, cavities and bad breath. Some therapeutic mouth rinses help fight plaque that is present in the mouth, if plaque is left in the mouth it can cause periodontal problems and other oral problems.
Mouth rinse can be done after or before brushing, but it is not a substitute from brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing should be done daily at least two times a day. Brushing and flossing should remove any plaque that are on the teeth, mouth rinse will help for oral hygiene. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation with our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari please contact your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry.Contact Us