One of the dental tools which can contribute towards a healthy and beautiful smile are mouth rinses. But if you’ve never really made use of these oral rinses or if you’re confused as to which type of mouthwash to pick out, then below are the three types of mouthwash products which you can choose from, and when they are best used::
Cosmetic Oral Rinses
From the use of the word oral rinses, this means that these oral dental hygiene products provide superficial effects although they do not really provide any actual health benefit. Some of the most common indications for cosmetic oral rinses include controlling or reducing the severity of halitosis or bad breath, rinsing away oral debris which may be left in nooks and crannies of teeth, and even whitening of teeth.
While compositions of cosmetic oral rinses differ, majority of them contain high amounts of alcohol. In fact, it is common for these products to have an alcohol content that ranges from 18 to 26 percent. In order to give a pleasing taste to the product, cosmetic oral rinses contain saccharin. However, cosmetic oral rinses do not contain any fluoride, something which consumers must know before they pick out just about any mouthwash product from the shelves.
Therapeutic Oral Rinses
Just like cosmetic oral rinses, therapeutic oral rinses do not require a prescription from the dentist and are often available in an over-the-counter manner. These products have actual health benefits which they are often marketed for.
Anti-plaque or anti-gingivitis oral rinses are indicated towards controlling the levels of plaque and preventing the development of gingivitis. On the other hand, anti-cavity mouthwash contain high levels of fluoride which help to protect the enamel layer of teeth to keep them from being vulnerable to cavities. Anti-tartar products help to prevent plaque from converting into tartar, as well as reverting the latter to the former, in order to prevent the accumulation of tartar. Finally, antibacterial mouthwash products reduce levels of bacteria in one’s mouth.
Natural Oral Rinses
If you are wary of all the chemicals that you have been bombarding your body with, then you can opt for natural oral rinses which contain herbs that have dental cleaning properties. Natural oral rinses often contain the substance called xylitol which is normally extracted from plant sources. Xylitol has the same similar taste as sugar although they do not contain any actual carbohydrates and can reduce the risk of the patient from developing cavities.
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