First of all- which one do you choose?
Just like everything in your grocery cart- check which ingredients are used. Each mouthwash is unique in it’s own way (awwww) but most should include the following:
- Alcohol: Maybe this is why we think it reminds us of Vodka? It does help kill bacteria and other germs that contribute to tooth decay and bad breath though. (Careful not too much though- it can dry out your mouth)
- Detergents: No Tidepods! The right ones should help dislodge and remove food debris and loose plaque.
- Extract of something yummy: Bubblegum… spearmint… peppermint… you choose!
- Preservatives: The good kind! These help prevent growth of bacteria in the actual mouthwash bottle.
- Water: To make it liquid of course… and to dissolve the other ingredients.
What if you want to DIY it like everything else since 2010?
- Simple salt water: Get in the nearest ocean and just open your mouth. Not really…. but if you’re wanting a more natural mouth wash there is nothing harmful about a simple saltwater mouthwash. Saltwater mouthwashes have always been recommended as an excellent short term treatment, especially when you have a little boo-boo in your mouth from dental procedures or biting your cheek – Ouch! Long term use of a saltwater mouth rinse is not recommended as it could lead to tooth erosion by eating away and softening the tooth enamel.
So, back to the issue at hand-does mouthwash work?
The answer is…..Yes! Those dreadful 30-seconds can result in an obvious reduction in plaque and gingivitis buildup.
Other benefits include:
- Fresher breath: The person smelling it nearest to you can attest to this!
- Possible additional protection against cavities and gum disease: You can always opt for one with fluoride
Of course we have to remind you to continue your brushing, flossing, and Welch Dental check ups as part of your hygiene routine as planned.