Mouth rinse or mouthwash is an antiseptic and anti-plaque product that kills the bacteria that causes plaque, gingivitis and bad breath. When added to a good oral home care regime, mouthwash will protect your teeth and gums, eliminating harmful bacteria that will cause disease if not treated. Mouthwash however is not a substitute for brushing and flossing -you still need to brush and floss to physically remove dirt, grime, and plaque. Specific mouthwashes will address a range of problems, for example; tackling bad breath or for whitening purposes.
Despite this, all mouthwashes contain fluoride – which reduces tooth decay and prevents cavities, antimicrobials -which kills bacteria that causes bad breath and inflammation of gum disease, odour neutralisers and astringent salt for bad breath and peroxide to remove stains.
Mouthwash is most effective when used after brushing and flossing and is suggested to be swished in your mouth for 30 seconds or more. If general over the counter options are not suitable for you, consult our dentist today to receive a prescribed mouthwash specific for you and your teeth.