Mouthwash also known as oral rinse. Its a liquid used to prevent bad breath, tooth decay and maintain oral hygiene as well. It should not used as a substitute for brushing. Its considered one of the additional oral hygiene aids.
It is quick, easy to use. It flushes out food debris thereby killing microbes. Also the areas where your brush is difficult to reach out in inaccessible areas it helps in removing plaque biofilm from the teeth. It is only effective when used in a proper manner. It should used as part of daily teeth cleaning routine. There is no hard and fast rule for when to rinse your mouth while mouth washing.
One can rinse with the mouthwash at anytime in a day. Rinsing twice daily for 30 seconds to a minute after brushing and flossing is effective.
It comes in different flavours and concentration. It provides antiseptic, antiplaque, antibacterial, antifungal effects. Thus, Ingredients- alcohol, menthol, eucalyptol, fluoride. For those who have healthy teeth and oral cavity a mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol or antibacterial agent is a best choice. Dentist primarily prescribe mouthwash to treat inflammation, bleeding due to gingivitis.
It should not used immediately after toothbrushing. For example when using hexidine mouthwash which contains chlorhexidine there should be half and hour gap between toothbrushing and rinsing. It is because a component in toothpaste interacts with the mouthwash decreasing its efficacy. Also fluoride in the toothpaste can washed off decreasing its effect on teeth.
Hence there are several benefits to using mouthwash, with the best benefit of clean breath. Therefore Mouthwash has the ability to reach all areas of your mouth, including the roof of your mouth, your tongue, and inner cheeks. Because the mouthwash destroys bad bacteria in these areas, your breath becomes fresh.
In addition, many mouthwashes contain fluoride. This liquid fluoride can get down in the small spaces that your brush may not reach. This additional protection helps keep your teeth healthy and fights cavities.
Mouth wash not recommended in children below 6 years due to the fear of swallowing. However, It should be used in 1:1 dilution with water. Mouthwash also prescribed to patients after oral surgical procedures. Ream more on how to teach kids how to brush.
Side effects of using Mouthwash in adults:
Sometime, washing mouth if used for a longer duration can cause staining of teeth and tongue, prosthesis.
Alteration in taste of food and drinks.
Mouthwash can be dangerous for children when ingested.
Mouthwash if used in mouth with sores and ulcers may cause burning sensation and will do more harm due to fluoride and antiseptic agent.
Mouthwash can irritate canker sores.
Mouthwash are source of refreshment in your busy routine but it alone cant cure the underlying disease, only symptomatic relief can be obtained.
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