Using mouthwash does not replace your daily need for brushing and flossing, but it can be a helpful addition to your oral hygiene routine. Just a short, 30-second swish can leave your mouth feeling fresh while reducing plaque and bacteria in hard to reach spaces. Understanding the different types of mouthwash can help you choose the product that’s right for you.
Types of Mouthwash
There are two types of mouthwash, cosmetic and therapeutic. Look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval when selecting your mouthwash. The ADA Seal is your assurance that the product you have selected has been objectively evaluated by scientific experts for safety and efficacy.
● Cosmetic Mouthwash
Cosmetic mouthwashes are utilized for short-term relief of bad breath or unpleasant mouth feel. These washes invigorate your mouth, leaving you with a fresh, pleasant taste afterward.
A rinse with saltwater can be a simple, natural method for short-term relief. Saltwater is a natural disinfectant and therefore provides refreshment from bad breath or unpleasant mouth feel with a quick clean. Saltwater is often recommended to provide relief of swollen gums or mouth sores, particularly after a dental surgery or procedure. However, saltwater should not be used as a long-term wash because it may contribute to tooth erosion, making teeth more susceptible to chipping or cavities.
● Therapeutic Mouthwash
Therapeutic mouthwashes contain active chemical or biological ingredients that control conditions such as gingivitis, plaque, or tooth decay. For instance, cetylpyridinium chloride is effective to reduce bad breath. Fluoride has been proven to prevent tooth decay. Other therapeutic wash ingredients include chlorhexidine, peroxide, and essential oils.
Mouthwash is not recommended for use by children under the age of 6. Young children are prone to swallowing large amounts of it, which can lead to adverse effects such as nausea, vomiting, or intoxication.
Therapeutic mouthwashes may be obtained by prescription or over the counter. Fisher Pointe Dental can discuss with you which therapeutic mouthwash is beneficial for your oral hygiene needs.