Dental Tips Blog

Sep
11

Are You Throwing Your Money Away on Mouthwash?

Posted in Bad Breath

Using a mouthwash can help you feel like you’re doing a really thorough job with your oral hygiene.

But unless you make an informed choice about your mouthwash, you may just be wasting your money on an utterly useless product.

What a Good Mouth Rinse Should Do

A mouthwash isn’t just a breath-freshener. The strong flavorings do help cover up halitosis (bad breath), but those effects are temporary. The real benefits come in when the product contains antibacterial agents that help slow down the growth of germs in the first place.

Mouth rinses labeled “antiplaque” or “antigingivitis” contain those agents that fight plaque growth. Less plaque means fresher breath and healthier gums.

Many mouthwash formulas also contain fluoride, a mineral essential for preventing tooth decay and strengthening enamel.

What’s in Your Mouthwash?

The unfortunate fact is that not all mouthwash formulas are created equal, but they’re packaged in similarly attractive bottles. At first glance, one brightly-colored bottle of liquid might not seem that different from the next.

Take a closer look at the label next time you shop for mouthwash. If you don’t see anything like:

  • Cetylpyridinium chloride
  • Essential oils (menthol and eucalyptol)
  • Fluoride

Or any other “active ingredients” listed, then that mouthwash may not do much good.

Some rinses are little more than food dye and flavoring mixed with alcohol and water. This solution leaves a tingling burn and temporary fresh scent, but it doesn’t do anything to your mouth besides dry it out.

Stop wasting your money on products that don’t benefit your teeth or gums! Talk with your local dentist or dental hygienist for advice on choosing the right mouthwash for you and your family.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

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