How to choose the right mouthwash
Although at the face of it, Looks like a very simple decision. Choosing a mouthwash which best works for you could be slightly tricky. You need to think about the type of mouthwash you need and why before deciding upon a particular brand. Everyone’s teeth are different and what suits one person may not suit another. Doc32 team has collated the following information on all available types so that you can take the right call for yourself.
They are used more as means to disguise bad breath (Halitosis), and do not provide same protection as a few other types. While they keep your teeth clean, they don’t provide any major protection against tooth decay.
Contain: Sorbitol, Eucalyptol, Sodium Benzoate, menthol and salicylates
Used for: Masking the bad breath caused due to plaque formation, food particles left behind in the mouth, use of certain medicines, infections in lungs and tonsils, smoking, chewing tobacco and presence of certain
Antiseptic Anti-Bacterial mouthwashes :
These mouthwashes are effective against mouth infections and gum diseases by killing the bacteria that cause bad breath (halitosis), plaque and gingivitis (Inflammation of gums). They can prevent the buildup of plaque to a certain degree when used properly conjunction with a toothbrush and dental floss. If you’re mostly using mouthwash to prevent bad breath or gum disease, an antibacterial mouthwash is the best choice. Most of them are available over-the-counter.
Contain: Chlorhexidine Gluconate: A Chemical which stops the growth of bacteria, Triclosan, Thymol, Cetylpyridium Chloride (CPC)
Used For: It inhibits plaque accumulation, reducing the chance of getting gingivitis (Inflammation of gums). Helps prevent gum diseases and other mouth infections
Caution: Avoid overuse of these as the high levels of chlorhexidine can cause discoloration of the teeth over a long period of time. (Your dentist will be able to easily treat it though)
If cavities is your problem, Fluoride mouthwash is the answer specially if you don’t regularly drink fluoridated water.. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to protect teeth by strengthening enamel, making it more resistant to decay. . However Fluoride rinses don’t provide protection action against gum diseases, plaques and is not a substitute for brushing or flossing
Contains: fluoride compounds such as 0.05% Sodium Fluoride (NaF) which provides extra fluoride to the people who need it. Using it daily may give additional protection against tooth decay
Caution: Be careful about consuming excessive amounts of fluoride
If you are suffering from gingivitis or gum disease, your dentist may prescribe a prescription mouthwash. Prescription mouthwashes contain much stronger antibacterial properties than over the counter antibacterial mouthwashes. They can stain teeth a dingy brown color. However these mouthwashes are prescription-only so dentists can monitor staining, also they typically contain alcohol
Contain: They can have a wide variety of ingredients depending on the ailment they have been prescribed for, Antibiotics e.g. tetracycline, Local anesthetic, e.g. lidocaine, Glucocorticoids – to reduce any inflammation, Nystatin – an antifungal to treat oral mucositis, Maalox – an antacid which protects soft tissues in the mouth
The main component of these mouth washes is Arginine, Which seals the dentinal tubes at the sensitive sites, Desensitizing mouthwashes should always be taken after due consultation from a dentist and following his/her instructions on how to use them.
They are alcohol-free (and contain no fluoride) and work in much the same way as conventional mouthwashes. Some people find that a home-made mouthwash, such as those made from a pinch of salt and warm water, such home remedies can be useful for oral care post tooth extraction or preventing mouth infections and cavity.