What is a Mouth Rinse?
A mouth rinse is a product that is used for oral hygiene. It’s antiseptic and helps to cut down on plaque and kills germs that can cause gingivitis and bad breath. If you get an anti-cavity mouth rinse it will have fluoride added to help protect against tooth decay.
Mouth rinses are generally categorized as cosmetic, therapeutic, or a combination of both. Your dentist can tell you which one would be best for you.
Should You Use a Mouth Rinse?
The answer to that question basically depends upon your needs or why you would be using the rinse. A lot of dentists feel that using toothpaste with fluoride is adequate protection against cavities. However, anti-cavity rinses have been proven clinically to fight up to 50 percent more of the bacteria that causes cavities.
In addition, most mouth rinses are very effective at cutting down bad breath, and freshening your mouth for up to 3 hours.
If you’re using the rinse to help reduce plaque, then you may want to think again. Studies have shown that mouth rinses are only 20-25 percent effective when it comes to reducing plaque.
Are There Side Effects to Using a Mouth Rinse?
The short answer is, yes! If the mouth rinse you choose contains high levels of alcohol, then it can cause your cheeks, teeth and gums to burn. Some mouth rinses can also lead to mouth ulcers, sodium retention, root sensitivity, stains, soreness, numbness, changes in taste and mucosal erosions. Please note that most of these side effects happen only if you habitually use the mouth rinse. However, some can occur with less frequent use as well.
Whether you decide to use mouth rinse or not, when buying the rinse be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Approval!
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