No two mouthwashes are the same. With so many options out there for a mouthwash, make sure you’re getting the right kind with the right benefits for you. Your oral health is unique, and may require a different treatment that your current mouthwash may not be providing. Below are three unique types of mouthwash that treat different oral hygiene needs.
- Antibacterial: If you use your mouthwash to combat bad breath and keep those hard to brush areas clean in a hurry, then antibacterial mouthwash is for you! This kind will kill the bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath and gum disease. Antibacterial mouthwash is generally available over-the-counter, while higher strength ones may be available with a prescription from your dentist.
- Fluoride Rinse: If you are someone who is more prone to cavities, then a fluoride rinse mouthwash may be best for your oral hygiene. While most drinking water has some kind of trace of fluoride in it, that isn’t always enough. Fluoride is used to strengthen enamel and resist tooth decay, creating all-around stronger teeth. While fluoride mouthwash predominantly fights cavities, they do not protect against gum disease.
- Prescription: If you are diagnosed with a significant case of gum disease or gingivitis, then your dentist may suggest a prescription mouthwash. These contain stronger antibacterial and disease fighting properties that may cause damage to teeth if used too often or more than a professional suggests. Prescription mouthwashes are used so that a dentist can monitor the staining, and are controlled because they usually contain alcohol to fight off the potential bacterial infections.
If you have any questions, please call Advanced Dentistry of Collegeville at (610) 489-5555!