It pays to have a bottle of mouthwash handy and if you have been following our regular post, you will find that a mouth rinse is more than a breath freshener.
A research published earlier this year stated that mouthwashes – in combination with regular tooth brushing and flossing – are effective against cavities and tartar build-up. Researchers argue that mouth rinses can reach areas that tooth brushing and flossing cannot thus significantly reducing tooth decay and gingivitis.
The Right Mouthwash
It appears that if you really are intent on taking good care of your teeth and gums, mouthwashes should be part of your arsenal. However, the aisle at the pharmacy or supermarket is teeming with choices.
With so many brands and claims, choosing the right mouthwash may not be as easy as picking out a can of chickpeas. Since we all have different needs, here is a list to keep in mind before picking out a bottle.
Choose a mouthwash with germ fighting properties. Not all mouthwashes are created equal. Some are meant for freshening breath (cosmetical) and some are meant to do heavy work such as fighting tooth decay and preventing tartar (therapeutic). Indeed, cosmetic mouthwashes can still attack bacteria but mouthwashes with germ fighting action are the ones that pack a wallop.
Go for alcohol free mouthwashes. There were previous reports correlating oral cancer with alcohol based mouth rinses. While the claims of the study are still in question, alcohol is indeed harsh and delicate gum tissues may have a difficult time dealing with it. Instead, scout around and read the labels. Choose alcohol-free mouth rinses and particularly look for those with calming ingredients such as aloe vera or chamomile.
Determine your needs. Select a mouthwash that is specifically formulated to suit your needs, whether it is fighting cavities or one that offers extra protection against tartar and gum disease.
Check the mouthwash for any seal of approval. Such seals verify the claims made by the product. Chances are these unbiased organizations have tested the products rigorously before giving it their stamp of approval.
Finally, consult your dentist. If you cannot quite decide on which mouthwash to purchase, ask your dentist. Your dentist will know which products will suit your needs.