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What Does Mouthwash Really Do?

Posted on 12/25/2019 by Office of Dr. James A. Krippaehne
What Does Mouthwash Really Do?When you are going through your morning routine and you spend 30 seconds gargling some mouthwash, you may be like many who start to wonder. Does this really do any good?

If you have been there, you aren't alone. Our office would like to provide some informational content to put your mind at ease 30 seconds at a time.

What's In Mouthwash?

There are a few kinds of different mouthwashes available on the general market. Many have discovered how easy it can be to get confused by the display at the supermarket. The best way to buy a mouthwash is to know what the ingredients are and what they mean for you.

Each mouthwash can be slightly different. To help you read the label, almost all will have the following ingredients. They will have flavors to adjust the taste and colors to visibly improve the look. They'll have some water so they can dissolve the other ingredients. Here is where they vary.

Some will contain alcohol or other antibacterials to help kill the bacteria and other germs that lead to tooth decay and having bad breath. Some can contain detergents. This can help with knocking loose the plaque and food particles. Some mouthwashes may also contain fluoride. We recommend these as the best because they help strengthen teeth for acid attacks and help resist tooth decay.

What Are The Different Effects of Mouthwash?

If you are struggling with bad breath, simply pick the one you like the smell of. Just make sure it includes fluoride. If you are struggling with dry mouth. Pick one that is alcohol-free. Alcohol will dry your mouth out even more. When your mouth is dry, then you can't produce saliva. This can cause more decay and bacteria. Fluoride is always going to be the key ingredient to search for. It fights decay and cavities and protects your teeth.

But whichever mouthwash you choose to fit your routine. The best results will come from your mouthwash is if you are able to make it a regular part of your oral health routine.
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