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21 December 2023
DOES MOUTHWASH ACTUALLY WORK?
Many people’s oral hygiene practices have historically included the use of mouthwash. Does it, however, work? Let us now examine the science.
WHAT IS MOUTHWASH?
Mouthwash, a liquid used post-brushing, falls into two categories: cosmetic and therapeutic. While cosmetic freshens breath, therapeutic variants, with active ingredients, combat plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath, it is important to note that it is not a replacement for brushing and flossing, which are essential for oral health.
BENEFITS OF MOUTHWASH:
Aside from its core purposes, mouthwash can help:
- treat canker sores,
- relieve dry mouth, and
- prevent tooth decay.
However, hazards such as dry mouth, tingling sensations, and tooth staining occur, stressing the necessity of choosing the right mouthwash.
BEST TYPE OF MOUTHWASH:
Mouthwash should be used once or twice a day, after brushing and flossing, according to experts. It is best to use fluoride-containing, alcohol-free mouthwash. Fluoride strengthens enamel and protects against decay, while alcohol-free solutions keep your mouth moist.
To summarize, mouthwash is a valuable supplement to dental health when used effectively and carefully. Consult your dentist to ensure that it is appropriate for your personal needs and to address any concerns you may have about potential side effects.