Did you know that there isn’t just one type of mouthwash? In fact, some mouthwashes have a specialized purpose and require a prescription for purchase. In other words, not all mouthwashes were created equal and this blog is meant to explain the key differences.
To teach his patients about the types of mouthwash, Dr. James Fondriest provides this informative article.
Mouthwash Comes In a Number of Varieties
- Fluoride. If you’re prone to developing cavities despite your diligent teeth cleaning habits, your dentist may recommend switching to fluoridated mouthwash. These dental rinses contain sodium fluoride, which helps fortify the enamel. When used correctly, the extra fluoride can strengthen soft spots in the enamel to ward off tooth decay.
- Cosmetic. These mouthwashes have received their name for a reason: it’s purely for cosmetic purposes. This means that the mouthwash doesn’t offer many protections against gum disease and tooth decay. Cosmetic mouthwashes have been mainly manufactured to eliminate small bouts of bad breath (or halitosis).
- Natural. For patients who prefer to use natural products, a natural mouthwash might work the best. Natural mouthwashes function just like regular mouthwash, yet the ingredients list doesn’t contain artificial additives. Furthermore, natural mouthwashes don’t have alcohol or fluoride.
- Antiseptic. Should your dentist find that you have an oral infection, he may prescribe an antiseptic mouthwash. These mouthwashes contain a chemical called, chlorhexidine gluconate, which specifically works to prevent oral bacteria from growing. Antiseptic mouthwashes also work wonders for patients who suffer with chronic halitosis.
- Complete care. Mouthwashes that aid in total care cover a number of areas. Complete care mouthwashes have antibacterial ingredients to reduce plaque and tartar build-up, bacterial growth, and improves your breath. The newer types of complete care mouthwashes also have whitening agents to help brighten your smile.
Dental Health Advice
If you would like more information about oral health care products, talk to Dr. Fondriest. He can recommend top-rated teeth cleaning products that have been proven to work. To schedule an appointment with your dentist, call us at (847) 234-0517. Also, visit our website for services, testimonials, and before-and-after gallery. Dr. Fondriest and his staff welcome patients from the Chicago Metro area.