While it is not nearly as important as a thorough brushing, mouthwash can greatly enhance your dental health. Like toothpaste, many various types of mouthwash line your local supermarket’s dental aisle. Selecting the right wash is important, as different types contain different ingredients that may help or hinder the health of your teeth. Some simply offer no dental benefits whatsoever. Below, you will find a list of some of the most common types of mouthwash and what benefits or drawbacks they will bring to your mouth.
Fluoride mouthwash, of course, contains sodium fluoride, a substance also found in most toothpaste. The substance strengthens teeth and fights against tooth decay. At first, you might think this is the healthiest wash available, as many people equate fluoride with dental health. The saying “all things in moderation” is applicable here: too much fluoride can lead to problems not only with your teeth, but with other systems in your body as well. The fluoride content in fluoride toothpaste is more than enough to meet your dental needs. On the other hand, if you are using a toothpaste that does not contain fluoride, fluoride mouthwash can be an effective method of providing your teeth with the fluoride it needs.
Antiseptic mouthwash is designed with one core principle in mind: to cleanse your mouth of bacteria. It generally contains chlorhexidine gluconate, a chemical which staves off bacteria growth and fights against mouth infections. Furthermore, antiseptics are an excellent solution to halitosis. The chemicals in the wash kill off the bacteria that cause bad breath. Antiseptics also provide a moderate level of plaque protection and prevention.
In recent years, natural mouthwash has grown in popularity. The ingredients in this type typically contain no alcohol or fluoride. You may favor mother nature’s ingredients if you have sensitive teeth or gums, as natural mouthwash may not contain the “burn” that accompanies the more traditional types. Many natural washes can be replicated at home; through mixing warm water with salt. Furthermore, some natural washes specialize in the treatment of oral infections and injuries.
This type of mouthwash serves one prime purpose: to freshen your breath. While using this type might prepare you for a date or interview, it offers nothing that benefits your teeth, gums, or mouth whatsoever. Cosmetics may clean your teeth, but they leave the bacteria that cause decay and infection untouched. Steer clear from cosmetics if you are seeking a wash that benefits your dental health.
Hopefully you feel confident in making informed decision about mouthwash. For more questions on how to take care of your mouth, contact Greenspoint Dental today!