You know that it’s good to have some mouthwash around to fight against plaque causing bacteria in the mouth. But, when you go to your local drug store, the options are overwhelming. There are so many to choose from and it’s difficult to know exactly which type can benefit you the most. Read on to learn from your dentist all about the different types of mouthwash on the market so that you can choose one that will meet your needs.
When it comes to fighting cavities and tooth decay, fluoride is the most important ingredient to look for. It is a natural mineral that is found in rocks and leeches into natural water sources. In fact, it is so good at preventing dental issues, that many places add it to their city’s water supply and have seen miraculous results! By choosing a mouthwash that contains this ingredient, you can further protect your teeth and show off your healthy smile for years to come.
Mouth rinses in this category contain an ingredient called chlorhexidine gluconate. This is a chemical that helps to stop bacterial growth. It is especially helpful to people who have a minor infection in the mouth. Other benefits include preventing plaque buildup and fighting against bad breath. If you choose this option, make sure you aren’t using it too often. Using this chemical in excess can cause tooth discoloration.
This type of mouthwash is mostly just used to cover up bad breath. It doesn’t have any additional benefits like other rinses. If you are looking for something to protect your teeth from decay and disease, this isn’t the best option. If the only concern you have is bad breath, this will get the job done.
This type of mouthwash is free from both alcohol and fluoride. Many people find them more gentle and ideal for sensitive mouths. You can make one at home using warm water and salt. It is often recommended by dentists following a tooth extraction in order to reduce inflammation and for healing wounds in the mouth.
This is a treatment that some doctors prescribe to treat oral mucositis, a severe inflammation of the lining of the mouth. This is usually a side effect as a result of cancer treatments, especially radiation for cancer in the neck or head. This should only be used if it’s prescribed by a medical professional.
Now that you know all about different types of mouthwash, you can pick one out for yourself. Dental health starts at home with a strong oral hygiene routine. If you want further guidance, ask your family dentist for recommendations.
About the Author
Dr. Megan Shelton is a family dentist serving patients in Carlsbad and other surrounding communities. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and is committed to expanding her knowledge in the field of dentistry through continuing education. Dr. Shelton is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the American Academy for Oral Systematic Health. For more information, visit her website or call (760) 434-9800.