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Mouthwash What It Is and Its Benefits for Dental Health

Posted on 4/11/2022 by Dick Hikade, DDS
Mouthwash What It Is and Its Benefits for Dental HealthMouthwash has been around for a long time. The first mouthwash was created in 1875! The original recipe used alcohol and glycerin to soothe irritated tissues in your mouth. These days, there are many different types of mouthwashes on the market that have a variety of benefits depending on what you're looking for. Some people use it to prevent cavities, while others use it as an alternative to brushing their teeth after eating greasy foods. Here is why we recommend it.

What is mouthwash made of?

Mouthwash is made of various ingredients, but the three main ones are alcohol, fluoride, and antibacterial. Alcohol helps to kill bacteria and remove plaque from your teeth. It also helps to reduce bad breath. Fluoride is added to mouthwash to prevent cavities and strengthen tooth enamel. In addition, antibacterial ingredients help kill bacteria in your mouth and reduce the risk of gum disease.

What are the benefits of using mouthwash?

There are many benefits to using mouthwash, but some of the most important ones are that it helps prevent cavities, fight bad breath, and reduce the risk of gum disease. Mouthwash is also a good option for people who don't like to brush their teeth after eating greasy or sugary foods.

Is it good for oral infections?

While mouthwash cannot cure an oral infection, it is an excellent way to reduce pain and swelling. Look for mouthwashes containing benzocaine or lidocaine to get relief from your symptoms as quickly as possible. This means that you should use mouthwash in conjunction with other treatments prescribed by your dentist.

Is it toxic when swallowed?

When used as directed, mouthwash is safe to swallow. However, if you accidentally ingest more than the recommended amount, it can cause some side effects such as drowsiness and a burning sensation in your throat or chest. It's also essential that you keep all of these products out of reach from children because they are toxic when swallowed by young children.

Mouthwash is an excellent product that helps to reduce bad breath, fight plaque and tooth decay, and prevent infections. If you have more questions, reach out to us and we'll be glad to assist in any way we can. 

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