The facts about mouth rinse:
Although mouth rinses may leave your breath feeling fresh, some mouth rinse formulas may actually be doing your mouth more harm than good. Mouth rinses do provide a fresh, crisp feeling after use, and many help to prevent cavities and plaque build-up, but, for some people, mouth rinses can be harmful. They may actually be masking the symptoms of an oral health disease or condition. With some conditions such as periodontal disease, bad breath and a unpleasant taste in your mouth are the first (and sometimes only) indicators that something is wrong.
What are the different types of mouthwash?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies mouth rinses as either cosmetic or therapeutic, or a combination of the two.
It is important to note that most dentists are skeptical about the value of these antiplaque, mouth-rinsing products. Several studies have been conducted demonstrating the products' minimal effectiveness against reducing plaque. These products should be used with caution, under the direction of an oral healthcare specialist.
Rinses of any kind should not be considered as substitutes for regular dental examinations and proper home care.
Mouthwashes containing alcohol:
The ingredients of mouth washes vary, but some contain high levels of alcohol - ranging from 18 to 26 percent. This may produce a burning sensation in the cheeks, teeth, and gums, or may cause intoxication if swallowed or used excessively. For children, even small doses of these over-the-counter rinses can potentially be lethal.
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