Can you pick which is the best mouthwash for you the chemist’s range? It helps to have some knowledge of what mouthwashes can and can’t do for you first. After all, it’s your money and you’re going to spit it out after about 30 seconds – you should get value from your mouthwash.
Does mouthwash clean your mouth?
You need to clean your teeth, and even your tongue, but mouthwash isn’t an essential for most people.
And mouthwash won’t replace proper oral hygiene – it’s not a faster way to get out the door. However, if you have certain oral or dental conditions, a mouthwash might be recommended.
If you’re healthy, your own saliva should be your best mouthwash, but some people have a dry mouth – it can be because of medications or a result of some cancer treatments.
Which type will work for you?
If you want to freshen your breath, you’ll need more than a mouthwash. Mouthwash will have a temporary effect, but if it’s dental decay, dry mouth, illness or infection, you need to get treatment. Some mouthwashes are alcohol-based, which can add to dry mouth issues, too.
If you have periodontal problems, you might need a chlorhexidine-based mouthwash. This will help to slow the development of plaque which causes inflammation of your gums.
You can fight decay with a fluoride-based mouthwash, but ask your dentist to recommend one.
A saltwater mouth rinse can help with small ulcers or an accidental bite of the inside of your mouth, but see your dentist if it hasn’t cleared in a week or two. You can’t use salt water long-term because it can damage your enamel.
Making the most of mouthwash
Every mouthwash comes with instructions so pay attention if you want it to work effectively. Drinking something straight afterwards is just going to wash it away, too.
But remember, no mouthwash replaces regular brushing and flossing. And all mouthwashes should be kept out of the way of children.
If you have oral health concerns, check with your DB Dental practitioner to see if a mouthwash can help you.