The use of mouthwash may be an added benefit to our oral hygiene while still maintaining our daily regime of brushing and flossing, as mouthwash can reach some areas in the mouth that are difficult to access with a toothbrush. There are two types of mouthwashes: cosmetic and therapeutic. Depending on the composition of the therapeutic mouthwash, one can purchase it over the counter or by prescription. Therapeutic mouthwash can target, but is not limited to, one or more of the following:
2. Reduce or control plaque
3. tooth decay
4. bad breath
When looking for a mouthwash, the active ingredients that may be present to target the four previous conditions are the following:
- cetylpyridinium chloride – targets bad breath
- chlorhexidine – agent used to control plaque and gingivitis
- essential oils – agent used to control plaque and gingivitis
- fluoride – assists in preventing decay
Honestly though, the key to maintaining good oral hygiene is daily brushing and flossing. Whether one chooses to add mouthwash to their regime is a personal choice. There are many types of mouthwash present in the market, but those that are approved by the Canadian Dental Association have their seal approval and are likely to be a more dependable product.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask any of our team members at Braeside Dental Centre. It would be our pleasure to assist you through your journey of oral health.
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