EVEN THE MOST DILIGENT FLOSSERS AND BRUSHERS sometimes forget about the added benefits of mouthwash.
But don’t worryeven if you already brush, floss, AND rinse with mouthwash everyday, youll find this content useful. The affect that mouthwash has on your oral health is often dependent upon the type of mouthwash you use.
So, before we get into the dos and donts of choosing a mouthwash, lets talk a little bit about why we recommend it.
Not only can mouthwashes make our mouths feel and smell fresher, they help prevent cavities and periodontal disease. They also help reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria in our mouths. However, dont let these facts fool you into depending on mouthwash alone! Brushing and flossing are still essential to our oral health as rinses cannot adequately remove food and plaque on their ownthey simply help prevent plaque.
Now, whats the key difference between all the varieties of mouthwashes? Frankly, some help more than others, and some may even contain ingredients that should probably be avoided. For example, fluoride helps prevents cavities, but sodium lauryl sulfate tends to dry and irritate mouths, especially if you suffer from canker sores.
Heres a little cheat sheet of ingredients to look for that should help you in the meantime.