While buying a mouthwash always read the manufacturer’s label and check for the age recommendations and precautions. If you are suffering from a dental condition be sure to consult your dentist before you decide which mouthwash to buy.
Help with bad breath:
Mouthwashes are known to keep your breath fresh for up to 3 hours, but they not only help with bad breath they also have properties to reduce plaque build-up and anti-cavity forming properties.
Your dentist may suggest a prescription-only mouthwash that includes extra ingredients to protect against dry mouth, periodontal (gum) disease or inflammation, cavities, or other problems.
After using your mouthwash:
Don’t rinse your mouth, eat, or smoke for 30 minutes, this may dilute the effect of the fluoride in the mouthwash.
Some unwanted side-effects:
- Mouthwashes that contain alcohol can cause a burning sensation in the cheeks, teeth, and gums.
- If your mouthwash is concentrated, it can lead to mouth ulcers, sodium retention, root sensitivity, stained teeth, soreness, numbness, and changes in taste sensation.
- Too much fluoride mouthwash or swallowing it can lead to fluoride toxicity.
Source: Health GuruFirst Published: Aug 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM