Mouth Rinses: What They Treat And How To Find The Right One

Are you embarrassed to be in close proximity to co-workers, or do you hesitate to kiss your spouse because of bad breath? Do your teeth feel slimy or sticky, and do you notice yellow deposits around your gums? Maybe it's time to look into using a mouth rinse. Here are is some information about what mouth rinses treat and how to find the right one for you:

Why Should You Use a Mouth Rinse?

Using a mouth rinse comes with many benefits, such as the following:

  • Preventing plaque and tartar buildup
  • Killing bacteria that cause gingivitis
  • Protecting and strengthening enamel against cavities
  • Reaching food particles that flossing and brushing can't access

What Kind of Mouth Rinse Should You Use?

There are dozens of different brands, flavors and colors of mouth rinses lining the shelves at your store. They range from anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis mouth rinses that help fight gum disease and prevent plaque from hardening into tartar to fluoride rinses that strengthen enamel and fight cavities.There are also rinses that desensitize the teeth to lessen discomfort from exposure to heat, cold and bite pressure.

It's generally best to use an alcohol-free mouth rinse. Alcohol-based rinses dry out the tissue in your mouth and may cause mouth sores if used persistently. Many brands have alcohol-free products that use chlorhexidine to kill the germs in your mouth.

If you prefer making your own mouth rinse, mix together one part water and one part hydrogen peroxide and use as you would a store-bought rinse. The peroxide kills the germs in your mouth. Anaerobic bacteria that cause bad bread are especially susceptible to the effects of hydrogen peroxide, since these germs die in the presence of oxygen.

When purchasing a mouth rinse, always look for the CDA (Canadian Dental Association) seal on the bottle. This seal means the CDA has tested the rinse and approved it as scientifically safe and effective. 

How to Use Mouth Rinse

Using a mouth rinse is not a substitute for regular flossing and brushing, and it should be done either before or after you brush and floss.

Each time your rinse, be sure to swish the solution thoroughly about your mouth, sucking the rinse through your teeth for the allotted time before releasing it into a sink or toilet.

Schedule an appointment with a dentist in your area for an evaluation. He or she can prescribe a mouth rinse that is suitable for you.


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