What Are Mouth Rinses

Mouth RinseMouth rinse is designed to enhance oral hygiene and freshen up the breath. There are plenty of different mouth rinses on the market. The type you select for your unique mouth might not be optimal for your significant other, your child or another person. Ask dentists about mouth rinse and most will testify nearly every patient should use it. However, the motivation for mouth rinse use differs by patient. Here is a look at the different types of mouth rinses and why they are so important.

Mouth Rinse Types

Take a look at the mouth rinses available at your local market and you will likely find at least half a dozen. Do not feel overwhelmed when you look at these options. The right mouth rinse for your unique mouth is likely on the shelf. Anti-cavity mouth rinses contain fluoride to safeguard the teeth against decay. Anti-plaque and antiseptic mouth rinses destroy germs that lead to the onset of halitosis, gingivitis, and plaque. Mouth rinses of the cosmetic variety are also available to assist in the removal of oral debris prior to or following brushing. This over-the-counter product will decrease bacteria in the mouth and leave you feeling quite refreshed. Cosmetic mouth rinses and therapeutic rinses generally serve the same purposes yet the cosmetic variety also has an active ingredient that guards against the onset of many oral diseases.

Why Mouth Rinse is Necessary

Dentists often prescribe specialized mouth rinses for those who have significant oral health issues like gum inflammation, cavities, dry mouth and periodontal disease. Therapeutic rinses are optimal for those who are incapable of brushing as a result of an illness, disease or physical impairment.

Though there are some dentists who insist brushing with fluoride toothpaste will suffice in the battle against cavities, mouth rinse will certainly help the majority of patients maintain excellent oral health. Mouth rinses designed to fight cavities are capable of combating upwards of 50 percent more bacteria that lead to cavity formation. Those who have halitosis will be happy to know mouth rinses freshen the mouth for upwards of three full hours. Add a couple travel size mouth rinses to our purse, vehicle and office so you can freshen your breath in the event you can't access your toothbrush and/or toothpaste.

The Issue of Alcohol in Mouth Rinse

Alcohol is used in many mouth rinses. If a considerable amount is swallowed, there is the potential for problems to arise. If you have kids and purchase mouth rinse for everyone in the family to use, consider an alcohol-free mouth rinse. Those who are battling alcoholism should also use a mouth rinse that does not have alcohol. If you are sensitive to the chemicals in your mouth rinse, you will likely prefer a natural rinse. Natural rinses have ingredients like chamomile that soothe the mouth. When in doubt, reach out to your dentist to determine which type of mouth rinse is ideal for your oral health needs.

For more information call Preferred Dental Center at (210) 593-7636.

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