4 Things to Look for in a Good Mouthwash Aug 26, 2020
Daily oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing are essential to keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. An important step that patients sometimes forget about is using mouthwash twice daily. People often ask their Dental Care Center dentist which mouthwashes are the best for oral health.
Several things make a mouthwash useful, and we are going to go over the top four things to check before buying one.
An ADA Seal – When looking for a mouthwash, the first thing is to look for an ADA Seal. The ADA is the American Dental Association, and you know your mouthwash will be effective if it has this seal. We do not recommend using a mouthwash without this seal without talking to your dentist first.
Fluoride – Fluoride is a mineral naturally found in our bones and teeth. As dentists, we use this substance to strengthen a patient’s enamel, painting it on your teeth during dental visits. It also helps to prevent cavities, which is why it is an essential ingredient in mouthwashes.
Antibacterial/ Antiseptic – There are actually two types of mouthwash: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic Mouthwashes tend to help freshen your breath and leave behind a pleasant taste, but do not contain cleaning agents. Instead, select a mouthrinse with an antiseptic or antibacterial ingredient to help fight gingivitis. Gingivitis is a bacterial infection of the gums and can lead to Periodontal Disease if left untreated. Antibacterial and antiseptics are especially crucial for patients to have in their mouthwash if they are at risk or have already started developing gingivitis.
Something Specific? – The last step to picking out a mouthwash is deciding what else you seek. Mouthrinses offer features such as whitening agents, anti-sensitivity, and alcohol-free formulas. Know what you are looking for before you go to the store because all of the choices can be a bit overwhelming.
Note for Children
Children under the age of 6 typically should not use mouthwash, unless directed by their dentist, and then under supervision.
Daily mouthwash use keeps your teeth strong and healthy and can help towards another goal like whitening or de-sensitivity. If you have any questions about general oral health or mouthwashes that would be beneficial to you, give our office a call.