Nowadays, many young people start to use more convenient mouthwashes, and some even replace the original brushing habits. Mouthwashes that can freshen breath and protect teeth are being favored by more and more people.
Blue and transparent liquid, exuding bursts of mint fragrance, the outer packaging reads “oral sterilization, effective prevention, and removal of plaque”, “removal of breath, whitening teeth, descaling, and mouthguard”… From the ingredient list Look, most of these mouthwashes contain sodium fluoride and other ingredients. The method of use is very simple. You can spit it out after gargling for 60 seconds, which is much shorter than brushing your teeth for two or three minutes.
There are two main types of mouthwashes:
1）The first category is drug therapy, which is used to assist in the treatment of oral inflammations such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and oral ulcers. This type of mouthwash is independently formulated by professional doctors and is mainly used for outpatients. For example, for patients with oral ulcers, doctors will specially prepare mouthwashes with anesthetic ingredients to temporarily relieve pain when the patient eats. For patients who have just undergone surgery, mouthwash with iodophor disinfectant can be used to have a sterilizing effect.
2）The other category is health care. Healthy mouthwash can remove food residue and some soft scale in the mouth, and can temporarily reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth. Its main ingredient is a mouth freshener, similar to the effect of chewing gum. Generally speaking, mouthwashes sold in shopping malls or supermarkets are such products.
Mouthwash should not be used every day, it is necessary to rinse the mouth in time after meals
Mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing your teeth to clean your mouth. The main function of mouthwash is to remove bad breath. It cannot remove the plaque on the teeth like brushing your teeth. Some small gaps will still leave food, which cannot play a role in treating periodontal disease and dental caries. If you want to prevent periodontal disease and keep your breath fresh, the correct way is to brush your teeth in the morning and evening and rinse your mouth in time after eating.
There is also some normal flora in the oral cavity of healthy people. The long-term use of mouthwash with a bactericidal effect will lead to excessive inhibition of certain bacteria, which will lead to the imbalance of the flora in the oral cavity, which is not conducive to oral health. Note that mouthwashes, whether therapeutic or hygienic, should not be used every day like toothpaste.