How to Choose the Right Sort of Mouthwash
As you may have noticed, mouthwash nowadays comes in a surprising array of different varieties. To choose between them can be a bit tricky, especially if you aren’t quite familiar with what different types of mouthwash are out there and what they can do. Also there are other factors that you may want to consider as well.
Types of Mouthwash
Generally speaking mouthwash can be divided into a number of different varieties. The most basic type of mouthwash really is nothing more than a breath freshener and provides only a short term improvement to your breath.
However over the years dental mouthwash has become far more popular and it consists of various types of rinses that can help to provide fluoride, kill bacteria, and prevent plaque buildup.
When you’re choosing the type of mouthwash you wish to use it is important that you consult your dentist. Get a recommendation, and then either ask for a specific type of mouthwash that you should be looking for, or a general range that you can try out.
Aside from the type of mouthwash, there are two other factors that you should consider when you’re choosing a mouthwash:
- Alcohol content
Most mouthwash has some amount of alcohol content and while it isn’t a dangerous amount you may want to steer away from it if you’re buying mouthwash for children. There are several alcohol-free options available that you can try instead.
For recovering alcoholics it may also be a good idea to avoid alcohol-based mouthwash options.
- Sensitive teeth
For people with sensitive teeth certain ingredients in mouthwash may irritate their teeth further. Normally alcohol is one of the common culprits which is why alcohol-free mouthwash would be a good start – but some other ingredients may also cause irritation.
It might be a good idea to try some of the ‘all natural’ mouthwash options that are available and often contain soothing elements if you find you have an issue.
Needless to say, in both these situations you should consult your dentist as well. Let them know what your preference or concerns are and see what they have to say. Most dentists have a lot of experience dealing with different types of mouthwash and should be able to let you know what the best choice will be for your specific situation.
If you want you could visit the Sheffield dentist at one80 Dental, 180 Baslow Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S17 4DS. It will cater to all your dental needs and can provide general dental care alongside specialist treatment – all of which is of an excellent standard. Ask them what they think about the mouthwash that you should be using.