Standing in a mouthwash isle the other day I couldn't help but wonder who wouldn't be bewildered by the variety of mouthwashes available to people today? On Internet newsgroups and in practice I'm often asked what mouthwash to use. Well, it depends on what you are after.
If you're after fresh breath try a breath spray or breath drops. The alcohol in most mouthwashes is very drying to the oral tissue. This is of particular concern if you're taking medications that dry your mouth. If your only goal is to make your breath fresh you do not need to subject yourself to the alcohol.
If you find out from your dentist you have gingivitis, look for a mouthwash that contains essential oils. Essential oils have shown promise in killing the bacteria that cause gingivitis. The drawback is the presence of alcohol.
If you're just one of those people that likes to use mouthwash, use one that contains fluoride. The mouthwashes that contain fluoride are very beneficial to re-building weakened enamel. It is very safe to use for anyone able to spit it out. Read the directions! It's time sensitive.
The difference in costs between the generic and name brand mouthwashes can also be thought-provoking. When you look at the ingredients lists you will often find they are virtually identical. Even the bottle looks the same. The difference is in the amount of money the brand-name mouthwash company spends on research. Their findings often translate into your care in the dental office. So when you pay the extra money for the brand-name mouthwash you're not just paying for some marketing manager in a fancy glass office. Before you pucker up make an educated decision in the mouthwash aisle.
Remember, only a dentist can diagnose your dental problems and offer the right treatment plan for you. If you need a dentist, call us at 1-866-970-0441 to be connected with one today.