If you have been on the lookout for a good mouth rinse then you have probably searched your local drug or grocery store and have found the choice is quite bewildering. This is why the Cosmetic Dentistry Center has put together a quick guide for you, which will give you an indication of what to look out for and the potential health benefits from using certain mouth rinses.
When We Recommend to Use a Mouth Rinse
You might also find that we recommend you use a mouth rinse after minor oral surgery or if you have had periodontal treatment for active gum disease, for example after a treatment such as scaling and root planing. Mouth rinse can be useful if you are at higher risk of gum inflammation or tooth decay, or if you suffer from dry mouth or xerostomia. This is caused by a lack of saliva and increases your risk of tooth decay so using a mouth rinse can keep your mouth more comfortable and a bit cleaner.
So which mouth rinse is best? Mouth rinses tend to fall into one of three categories, as they can be purely cosmetic, or they may provide therapeutic benefits. If you prefer a more natural approach to health care, then look for mouth rinses made from purely natural ingredients.
Cosmetic Mouth Rinses
A cosmetic mouth rinse might be nice to use if you have bad breath after eating certain foods as it will help to temporarily freshen your breath. Using a cosmetic mouth rinse may help to wash away some bacteria and it will leave your mouth with a pleasant and fresh taste. Cosmetic mouth rinses also include those with added whiteners. These are harmless as the amount of active whitening ingredient is miniscule so it might help to slightly brighten up your smile, but the overall effect will be very subtle. If you want to use a cosmetic mouth rinse then pick one that doesn’t contain alcohol as this will be better for your dental health.
Therapeutic Mouth Rinses
Therapeutic mouth rinses contain active ingredients to help treat certain oral health conditions. They are regulated by the FDA and may have approval from the American Dental Association. You may wish to choose a therapeutic oral rinse if you are interested in reducing your risk of tooth decay as anti-cavity oral rinses often contain fluoride to help strengthen your teeth. Other active ingredients include those aimed at controlling gingivitis or gum disease. These help to limit the number of bacteria in your mouth and may contain a substance called chlorhexidine. Often this type of mouth rinse should only be used for a limited time as the chlorhexidine can eventually stain teeth although any tooth stains can be removed by a hygienist. Therapeutic mouth rinses can also contain anti-tartar agents such as zinc citrate and these could be useful for smokers who are more likely to develop a buildup of tartar. Antibacterial or antimicrobial therapeutic mouth rinses help reduce bacteria and your risk of developing gum disease.
Natural or Herbal Mouth Rinses
Natural or herbal mouth rinses do not contain alcohol or any preservatives or chemicals and are often made of herbs and other natural ingredients.
Whichever mouth rinse you choose, it is never a substitute for regular brushing and flossing. Please don’t forget that we are always here to help and advise you on your choice of mouth rinse or any other dental products so don’t hesitate ask us for help.Leave a reply →