Some might consider the use of a mouthwash style statement instead of aid in the maintenance of oral hygiene. However, when used adequately it has numerous advantages.
Mouth rinses ought to be used judiciously, without neglecting your brushing, flossing and routine dental appointments for a comprehensive hygiene maintenance routine.
- Chlorhexidine mouthwashes are the most prescribed antiseptics by dentists which have 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate in a base containing water, 6% alcohol and other chemicals. They are considered as a gold standard due to their potent effect on oral flora as they come with different ingredients, depending upon your requirements.
- Cosmetic mouth rinses serve the purpose of teeth whitening as they contain hydrogen peroxide.
- Therapeutic rinses are the ones that target specific gum and mouth problems
- Antiseptic/antibacterial rinses flush out plaque build-ups in areas where your toothbrush is inaccessible. Thereby help combat bad breath issues, gum inflammations, repeated mouth ulcers. Post-operatively after oral surgeries, when you can’t brush efficiently with sutures
- Fluoride rinses can help if you are prone to cavities conditions like dry mouth or when you have fixed braces. Fluoride protects your tooth from acids produced by the bacterial plaque. It leaches into your enamel and can also remineralize your tooth in early stages of decay
- Desensitizing mouthwashes for tooth hypersensitivity, contain potassium citrate, potassium nitrate and sodium fluoride which has a calming effect on the nerves of your teeth.
- Homemade mouth rinses with warm water, salt and a tinge of essential oils work well too as they are natural and chemical-free.
Mouthwashes can have harmful effects on your oral health as well, like brown staining of teeth and oral appliances including dentures, an increase in tartar formation, metallic taste sensation, dry and burning mouth.
To conclude if you can avoid going overboard with the use, it can definitely be effective.