Dental

Guide to Choose the Right Mouthwash

Picking up the right mouthwash may be an overwhelming task because there are thousands of options in the market with different colors, brands and benefits. The types of mouthwash available include:

-Cosmetic- This mouthwash doesn’t offer that much of a protection for the teeth. They help to keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh but it doesn’t reduce the risk of tooth decay. They often contain alcohol, which can dry out your mouth and counteract the self-cleaning action of your saliva.

-Antiseptic- This mouthwash contains chlorhexidine gluconate, a chemical that is been proven to stop the growth of bacteria and is suitable for people with mouth infections. It can’t substitute brushing or flossing. Mouthwash should be a compliment of the regular oral care routine.

-Fluoride- As the name indicates, this mouthwash contains fluoride, a naturally derived mineral proven to rebuild tooth enamel. This mouthwash is recommended for people that do not get enough fluoride from water, either because they drink bottled water or because they live in areas without fluoridated municipal water.

-Natural- A.K.A homemade mouthwash. This type of mouthwash doesn’t contain alcohol. It consists of warm salted water that has been proven to fight bacterial infections in the mouth.

You should consider your needs and mouth conditions before choosing a specific type of mouthwash. Always ask your dentist what is best for your oral health.