Are Mouthwashes Effective?


Visit a dental professional like Dr. Minesh Patel for advice about effective use of mouthwashes.  Dr Minesh Patel qualified from Cardiff in 1986. As student elective he observed Professor Linkow in New York. After an SHO post in oral-maxillofacial surgery, he entered general practice. He has also attended numerous year courses in Implants. Dr Patel is a principal of Chrysalis dental practice in Watford and Bedford.

An effective means to assist oral hygiene and support healthy teeth and gum tissue is the consistent use of mouthwash. Although most enjoy the clean, zesty feeling remaining from the refreshing taste, there is much more at stake than breath-freshening. The mouth cavity is a breeding ground for germs, especially bacteria that can attack the gums and spread chaos to the entire body system. Using mouthwash should be considered an important and relatively simple way to enhance overall health.
Simple concocted mouthwashes date from earliest civilizations; they were not commercially produced until the late 1800's and, then, almost always contained alcohol. Many still do, as alcohol stabilizes mouthwash formulas to support germ killing capabilities.

Most mouthwashes do make breath smell better, and many prevent or decrease plaque build-up and cavities. Available mouthwash products include cosmetic, therapeutic, and a combination of the two. Cosmetic mouthwashes may be purchased over the counter and help remove debris before or after brushing, suppress bad breath temporarily and reduce bacteria. Evidence from consumer testing has shown these rinses effective for at least ten minutes following use but losing effectiveness after two hours. Therapeutic mouthwashes have the same overall benefits. However, there is an active ingredient added for oral disease prevention.

Evidence supporting therapeutic mouthwashes has shown that those produced primarily to reduce plaque producing germs and subsequent gingivitis, or inflammation of gum tissue leading to periodontal disease, are at least 25% effective in doing so. Even better, those categorized as anti-cavity rinses with fluoride have been shown in clinical studies to fight up to 50% more cavity producing bacteria than those without fluoride.

Using mouthwash along with twice a day brushing and flossing is one of the cheapest forms of insurance available for preventive health. It will almost always keep breath fresh for a while, and some benefit will be gained in fighting tooth decay, gingivitis, and full blown periodontal disease depending upon product and individual response. There is no reason not to incorporate mouthwash into one's daily routine, as prevention is a much more pleasant undertaking than paying the price. For people with gum disease, Dr. Minesh Patel recommends mouthwashes because it reduces the bacteria that causes the disease. And he always emphasizes the importance of good dental hygiene.

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