Mouthwash

Mouthwash is mainly an auxiliary tool for reducing oral bacteria. It can not replace mechanical cleaning such as toothbrush and dental floss! It is not recommended to use mouthwash under the age of six!

 

Use of mouthwash

There are two kinds of mouthwashes. The light ones can be used directly, and the thick ones need to be diluted with water. However, it should be noted that even if mouthwash has a great effect on oral health care, it cannot be used frequently for a long time. Also be careful in the selection of mouthwash.

In general, mouthwash can be divided into two major categories: health care (General Mouthwash) and treatment(Therapeutic Mouthwash). General mouthwash is generally comfortable, the main ingredient is oral freshener, mainly used to remove bad breath. There are no restrictions on the use of this type of mouthwash and no special guidance is required for use. However, therapeutic mouthwashes contain some anti-inflammatory and bactericidal ingredients that cannot be used casually. This type of mouthwash can prevent and control periodontal tissue inflammation and can be used for the adjuvant treatment of periodontal disease and oral mucosal disease. Therefore, such mouthwashes should be used selectively under the guidance of a doctor and cannot be used for a long time.

 

Points to note when using mouthwash:

  • Remember mouthwash cannot replace toothbrushing and flossing or interdental brush.
  • It is not recommended to use mouthwash under the age of six.
  • If you brush and floss your teeth properly, it can already help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • If you use mouthwash in addition to your daily cleaning routine, it may offer additional benefit in terms of plaque and gingivitis reduction.
  • For those who are prone to tooth decay or having severe tooth decay, wearing orthodontic appliance or after undergoing radiotherapy to the head and neck region, fluoride containing mouthwash can offer additional protection against tooth decay.
  • For those who have just undergone oral surgical procedures,  toothbrushing may be hindered temporarily by the surgery.  They should follow the dentist’s instruction on the use of mouthwash.

Reference:

  1. http://www.toothclub.gov.hk/chi/adu_01_03_04.html
  2. https://www.careonline.com.tw/2018/03/mouthwash.html
  3. https://read01.com/0eJ3Ez.html