Mouth Rinse: Cosmetic Versus Therapeutic
When it comes to purchasing a mouthwash, you are probably well aware of the vast number of options. Mouth rinse (or mouthwash) can be an excellent addition to your home oral care routine. Although you can choose from different flavors and brands, mouth rinses are typically considered as one of two types: cosmetic or therapeutic. They can also be a combination of the two.
Your cosmetic rinses are the ones sold over-the-counter. They are designed to reduce bacteria in the mouth and rinse away debris either before or after brushing. Most people rely on cosmetic mouth rinses to temporarily suppress bad breath. Some may also contain fluoride to protect your teeth against decay.
Therapeutic rinses, on the other hand, are only prescribed by a dentist. These will also diminish bacteria, remove debris and freshen your breath. However, a therapeutic rinse also contains an added active ingredient to help protect against certain oral diseases.
Not all dentists agree on the importance of mouthwash to remove plaque. You should always discuss your oral hygiene routine with your dentist to ensure you are using the right products for your unique smile needs. Some mouth rinses can contain up to 26% alcohol, which can cause irritation if you are not careful. Another fact to be aware of is that mouthwash can mask gum disease symptoms like bad breath. Maintaining your regular dental visits can eliminate this concern.
If you are unsure which mouth rinse to invest in, ask us at Gilreath Dental Associates. We welcome the opportunity to assist you with your oral hygiene products so that you can make the most of your time and money when it comes to your smile health.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates