Patients often ask if they need to use mouthwash after brushing and flossing, and the answer depends on your particular needs and desires. For most patients with healthy teeth and gums, mouthwash isn’t necessary. If, however, you like the clean feel of your mouth after rinsing with a mouthwash, then feel free to use a cosmetic mouthwash. If you suffer from certain oral health problems, therapeutic mouthrinses can help keep your issues under control. The following are the most common types of mouth rinses and their oral health benefits:
- Cosmetic. These mouthwashes typically help rinse away food particles and bacteria left behind after brushing. While they offer no therapeutic benefits, they do help mask bad breath odors temporarily.
- Antiseptic. This type of mouthwash kills bacteria and can help keep mouth infections under control. Antiseptic mouthrinses also help control halitosis better than cosmetic rinses.
- Fluoride. These mouthwashes contain sodium fluoride, a mineral that helps strengthen the tooth enamel and protect the teeth from decay.
- Anti-plaque or anti-gingivitis. These types of mouthrinses kill a different type of bacteria than antiseptic mouthwashes. Known to attack the bacteria that cause periodontal disease, anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis mouthrinses help keep your gums healthy.
- Dry mouth. If you suffer from xerostomia, a mouthrinse specially formulated for dry mouth can help ease your symptoms.
- Natural/herbal. Containing herbs and other natural ingredients, these types of mouthrinses are gentler on the soft tissues of the mouth than rinses containing alcohol.
- Prescription. For oral health problems that cannot be treated with over-the-counter preparations, Dr. Moiceanu can prescribe a prescription-strength formula to help keep your mouth healthy.
Only Dr. Moiceanu can help you decide which mouthrinse suits your unique oral health needs, so call Hilltop Family Dental today at (510) 758-7222 to schedule an appointment. We happily serve patients from Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.Share on Facebook