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Mouthwash types

24 January 2018

Mouthwashes become more and more popular as the oral hygiene products. At the drugstores, Online stores and pharmacies we can find a constantly widening selection of these. How to choose the product perfect for our teeth?

Why is it worth to use a mouthwash?

The mouthwash isn’t reserved to the situations where we simply need to refresh ourselves fast, but we don’t have access to our toothbrush. Thanks to its unique consistency, it will also support the daily oral hygiene. It will reach the places unavaible to the toothbrush and remove the remaining dental plaque from them. It will also strengthen the whitening effect.

Amongst the advantages of using a mouthwash we can find:

  • reducing discolorations,
  • reinforcing enamel and gums,
  • refreshing properties,
  • adjusting the pH levels within our mouth,
  • anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties,
  • helping with gum inflammation treatment,
  • protection from cavities and periodontitis,
  • reducing the dental plaque and tartar.

Mouthwash types

As we’ve mentioned, there are many types of mouthwashes. In this paragraph, we will present the most popular ones.

Mouthwashes for children

Once the child turns 4 and learns how to spit properly while brushing their teeth, we can introduce the alcohol-free mouthwashes to them. They have a smaller concentration of active substances, but they will help the child, who’s unable to properly clean all of their teeth, with fighting the cavity.

“Handmade” mouthwashes

The handmade mouthwashes become increasingly popular recently. They are simple to prepare and, depending on the effects we want, all it takes is to use the correct herbs (sage, camomile or mint).

Natural mouthwashes

Contain only the natural ingredients, mostly herbal extracts and oils. They don’t contain any artificial substances such as SLS or parabens. A good example of a brand producing such mouthwashes is L’Angelica.

Mouthwashes with alcohol

Because of its exceptionally strong antiseptic properties, the alcohol is often added to the mouthwashes. It’s important to pay attention to how much of it is in the mouthwash, as it cannot be used by children, people addicted to alcohol, pregnant women and people suffering from halitosis.

Mouthwashes used after the brushing

They are supposed to enhance the effects of a toothpaste (for example, a whitening one) and remove the remains of a dental plaque. Most of the mouthwashes avaible on the market belong to this category.

Mouthwashes used before the brushing

Their function is completely different – they are supposed to soften the residue so that it becomes easier to remove with  atoothbrush. Some of them (especially the ones made for children) are able to discolour the dental plaque, allowing the parents to see how well did their child brush their teeth.

Whitening mouthwashes

One of the most frequently chosen products. They are supposed to elongate the effects of a professional whitening treatment or enhance the effects of a whitening toothpaste. They help remove the superficial discolorations. Some of them also contain various herbal extracts, which soothe the irritations caused by whitening.

Antiseptic mouthwashes

They function mostly by refreshing and disinfecting. Because of that, they are mostly recommended to the people with bleeding gums. Often contain the sage extract.

Remineralizing mouthwashes

Help fight cavities and tooth sensitivities by enhacing the enamel and filling the microdamages. Mostly contain the very popular fluoride, but also phosphorus, calcium and hydroxyapatite.

Refreshing mouthwashes

Recommended mostly during the day, when we’re unable to brush our teeth after the meal. Usually contain lots of menthol, eucalyptus/lemon oil or thymol. Often contain the antiseptic ingredients, which prevent the inflammations.

Mouthwashes preventing tartar from building up

Contain the substances preventing the dental plaque deposits, which might later form the tartar, such as chlorhexidine. Create a special protective barrier around our teeth, which makes it harder for the biofilm to attach itself to.

Mouthwashes for sensitive teeth

The products made with people with tooth sensitivities in mind. They won’t treat the problem, but they will help ease the pain. They enhance the teeth and help close the dentinal tubules.

Mouthwashes “for special purposes”

They are made mostly for the people who travel a lot, as they combine two things – a toothpaste and a mouthwash.

As you can see, there’s a vast selection of mouthwashes of varied properties avaible on the market. You should be able to find the one perfect for you. If you still don’t know which one to choose, ask your dentist for advice.

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