Mouthwash – we all know it’s a flavoured liquid used to rinse out your mouth after brushing and flossing the teeth. But do mouthwashes just leave your mouth feeling fresh, or do they do more?
All mouthwashes temporarily control or reduce bad breath and leave your mouth with a fresh, pleasant taste. But what else can they do?
Antiseptic mouthwashes - Some mouthwashes contain an antiseptic that kills bacteria, helpful for those with mouth infections or gum disease (also called gingivitis). They can also help prevent the buildup of plaque which is a sticky film on teeth and gums, when used together with brushing and flossing.
Antibacterial mouthwashes - Many contain alcohol, which also has a strong antibacterial effect and will kill germs and bacteria that cause bad breath. Alcohol-based mouthwashes are not recommended for children under 12 though, as children often cannot easily rinse and spit it out and may swallow it. Look for an alcohol-free mouthwash for them. They use other ingredients to help kill germs.
Whitening mouthwashes - There are also mouthwashes that contain ingredients to help keep teeth white between dental visits by preventing the tartar buildup that usually stains and darkens teeth.
Fluoride mouthwashes – These help rebuild enamel, prevent cavities and help clean teeth and gums. They are usually recommended for use where the local water is not fluoridated, or if your dentist has recommended you use them.
Combination mouthwashes – Some have multiple oral care ingredients in them, to provide you with a more complete oral care solution.
Your Dentist can help you decide if you need a mouthwash depending on your oral health needs and can help you decide what type to buy. Rinsing your mouth can be done before or after brushing, but, as your Dentist will tell you, it’s never a substitute for brushing and flossing to keep your teeth healthy.
Life Brand has a wide variety of great tasting mouthwashes to support your oral care. You can choose from Life Brand Antiseptic Mouthwash in Fresh Mint, Soft Mint and Cool Mint or Life Brand Antibacterial Mouthwash in Peppermint and Soft Mint. Or, for a whitening formula choose Life Brand Advanced Whitening Mouthwash formula.