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What to Look for in a Mouthwash

Shopping for a new mouthwash can seem overwhelming. When you’re standing in an aisle packed with different brands, scents, and types, you can have a hard time knowing which is right for you. But because each mouthwash promises a different outcome, you need to know what you’re looking for in a mouthwash or mouth rinse.

Let’s take a look at a few of the different kinds of mouthwash, what they mean, and what they can deliver.

Fluoride Rinse

One of the most common kinds of mouthwashes includes fluoride. Because fluoride helps to kill off bacteria that can cause cavities, a fluoride mouth rinse can give you an additional line of defense against harmful bacteria. However, it isn’t proven that fluoride rinses are more effective than simply rinsing with water after you eat.

Fluoride can also be dangerous if consumed in large amounts. Fluoride toxicity can occur if you swallow too much of your mouthwash.

Antiseptic Rinse

An antiseptic rinse is typically used to fight off infection or a build up in bacteria. This kind of mouthwash can help you kill harmful bacteria that may be causing irritated gums or infections. Killing and controlling this bacteria can also lead to fresher breath.

However, antiseptic rinse should not be used long-term. Although it can fight bacteria, it can actually cause discoloration of your teeth if used too frequently.

Prescription Mouthwash

While you won’t be able to pick up a prescription mouthwash at the store, they can be helpful for many people. Dentists can write you a specific prescription for a mouthwash to fight cavities, dry mouth, or periodontal disease.

If you have persistent problems with your oral hygiene, consider talking with your dentist about whether or not a prescription mouthwash is right for you.

If you have additional questions about mouthwash or to talk about the possibility of a prescription mouthwash, contact Dr. Anderson’s office. Our Kansas City, MO dental office can help you and your family develop the right oral hygiene practices for a healthy smile.

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