Mouthwash Facts

Man using mouthwash

Blog Highlights:

  • Mouth washes can be used for different oral health purposes
  • You can buy a mouthwash without a prescription and a dentist can help you choose which one would be best for your own needs
  • Therapeutic mouthwashes can help you fight against gingivitis, tooth decay, and bad breath
  • A cosmetic mouthwash can only temporarily control bad breath
  • Using mouthwashes is a great way for you to increase your defense against gum disease and tooth decay especially when you are not able to floss or brush your teeth

Mouthwashes can be used for different purposes:

  • It can be used to help eliminate mouth odors
  • It can be used to lessen tooth decay
  • It can be used to help slow down the development of hardened plaque or tartar on your teeth
  • It can also be used to help prevent gingivitis

Anyone can purchase a mouthwash without a prescription. Your dentist can also tell you whether you need to use one, and he or she can help you when it comes to choosing the right mouthwash specifically for your own oral needs.

The two types of mouthwashes:

Therapeutic mouthwashes – These mouthwashes are made to help prevent gingivitis, bad breath, plaque, and cavities. They can also contain fluoride to help reduce or prevent the development of tooth decay.

Cosmetic mouthwashes – These products typically contain ingredients that can help give it a pleasant taste. Although they can eliminate or control bad breath temporarily, these products are not formulated to deal with the problem at the roots. It cannot kill bacteria and it cannot help protect your mouth from plaques, gingivitis and tooth decay.

A mouthwash can provide additional protection to those who are not able to brush their teeth or floss. It can be used to increase your defense against gum disease and cavities. When purchasing a mouth wash, make sure that you look for products that have the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance so that you will be assured of its effectiveness and so that you can be sure that is safe for use.