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What you need to know about mouthwash

Mouthwash is a common addition to any dental care tool set. While it is not required, it does help a lot in maintaining good oral health.

When regular brushing and flossing is coupled with a mouthwash rinse, you can help prevent plaque from developing. Gargling with mouthwash boosts saliva flow, which in turn helps keep harmful bacteria away. Your mouth also stays hydrated.

Apart from that, a mouthwash can also help freshen breath and protect you from gum disease. This, of course depends on the formulation used for the mouthwash.

Types of Mouthwash

A mouthwash can either be cosmetic or therapeutic. Cosmetic rinses usually offer breath freshening while therapeutic mouthwash options can do more. These rinses contain ingredients that help fight common dental issues such as gum diseases. It's best to talk to your dentist on mouthwash options that suit your dental needs best.

What are Mouthwashes Made Of?

Ingredients used in mouthwashes may vary from one brand to another, but usually, they contain the following:

Do Mouthwashes Kill Bad Breath?

Mouthwash can help freshen breath, but only for a temporary period.

Rinsing with mouthwash should not be considered a substitute to brushing and flossing. It also wouldn't be able to fix bad breath issues for long. It can be effective, though, in covering smells from a garlicky meal, for instance.

If you have recurring bad breath issues, schedule an appointment with your dentist. Talk to them about other dental issues you're concerned about. They can also help you determine the cause of bad breath and identify the best possible solution.

Does Rinsing with Mouthwash Have Any Side Effects?

Mouthwashes with high alcohol content may cause dry mouth, but there are mouthwashes that are alcohol-free as well, so you may want to choose these varieties instead.

Essential oils in some mouthwashes may also leave you feeling uncomfortable. If that's the case, you can always switch to another brand. Mouthwash is generally safe but not advisable for kids as they may swallow it, which may cause problems.

If you have any questions about this or any other oral health issue please give us a call at (204) 717-0249.




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