Which Mouthwash is Best?
A quick browse of the shelves at your local supermarket or pharmacist will reveal a vast array of mouthwash products, from fluoride-based mouthwash to products for specific oral health conditions.
With so many options, how do you go about picking the best mouthwash for your needs? And what does mouthwash actually do anyway?
In this article, we’re taking a look at what mouthwash is good for, what it can’t do, and how to select a product that’s the right fit for you.
Is mouthwash effective?
Firstly, it’s important to be aware that mouthwash isn’t an essential part of your oral hygiene routine - and it certainly isn’t a substitute for brushing and flossing.
However, if you have certain dental conditions - such as dry mouth or periodontal issues - a mouthwash product might be recommended.
Can mouthwash improve bad breath?
If you want to freshen your breath for good, you’ll need more than a mouthwash, as this alone can’t cure persistent bad breath.
While mouthwash can have a temporary freshening effect, if your bad breath is caused by dental decay, dry mouth, illness or infection, you’ll need to get treatment to address the underlying issue.
Choosing the right mouthwash
When it comes to selecting a mouthwash product, it can help to know a little about what goes into your mouthwash.
● Some mouthwashes are alcohol-based, which can add to dry mouth issues, so these are best avoided if you already suffer from this condition.
● If you have periodontal problems, you might need a chlorhexidine-based mouthwash. This will help to slow the development of plaque which causes inflammation of your gums.
● You can fight decay with a fluoride-based mouthwash, but ask your dentist to recommend a suitable product for your needs.
● A saltwater mouth rinse can help with small ulcers or an accidental bite on the inside of your mouth, but see your dentist if it hasn’t cleared in a week or two (it’s also important to note that saltwater shouldn’t be used long-term, as it can damage your enamel).
Making the most of mouthwash
Every mouthwash comes with instructions, so be sure to check these first to ensure you’re using the product correctly and effectively. Remember too that having a drink straight after rinsing with mouthwash will wash it away, so you won’t get the same benefits.
If you have any questions about how to choose the right mouthwash product for your needs, chat to your National Dental Care Group practitioner - you can find your local practice now.