Author:Dr. George Orfaly
Who does not love that minty freshness that comes from a daily swish of mouthwash? In addition to freshening your breath, mouthwash promotes better oral health. Also called oral rinse, mouthwash is a liquid product used to rinse your teeth, gums, and mouth. It usually contains an antiseptic to kill harmful bacteria that can live between your teeth and on your tongue.
Some people use mouthwash to fight against bad breath, while others use it to try to prevent tooth decay.
Mouthwash should not be viewed as a replacement for daily brushing and flossing, but as a helpful addition to your daily oral hygiene routine.
Some benefits of mouthwash are:
Mouthwashes are divided into two categories:
A mouthwash that is formulated to fight against gingivitis and plaque will likely have antimicrobial ingredients such as chlorhexidine, cetylpyridinium, and essential oils.
Mouthwashes that are designed to be anti-cavity will have fluoride ions which help remineralize broken-down enamel.
There are also teeth whitening mouthwashes. These mouthwashes will usually contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient.
Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
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