Did you know there’s a wide range of mouthwashes available to you? Of these, you should note a group of purely cosmetic ones, and then go on to see that others have been able to raise oral health standards by reducing plaque, which in itself is a primary contributor to periodontal disease.
These days, it’s important that you understand the fact that out-of-office procedures have become available to you, which means that unnecessary trips to the office can now be avoided.
There are two sub-groups of washes. The first are those that are promoted as pre-brushing rinses. Cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), their main ingredient, has its target on bacteria. These indeed, are useful for comprehensive cleaning. But remember that these rinses are not substitutes for daily “cleaning”, but rather accompany those cleaning procedures and toothpastes.
The other main sub-group of widely used antiseptic mouthwashes is based on an essential oil formula (Listerine) or chlorhexidine. Both mouthwashes have established antibacterial and plaque preventing properties. Still, chlorhexidine has made clear a slight advantage over essential oils with respect to plaque reduction. In contrast to essential oil mouthwashes, chlorhexidine preparations can possibly stain your teeth, in general are suggested for shorter-term use, and can alter your perceptions of taste for up to several hours after rinsing.
Mouth odor is also a reason for which mouthwashes are often useful. Oral malodor (bad breath) is a result of multiple things in its origins, but it’s mainly caused by metabolic products from bacteria found in bacterial plaque on your tongue or in your saliva. Studies have shown that both essential oil mouthwash (EOM) and those containing chlorhexidine are beneficial in the management of bad breath and reduce levels of odor-causing bacteria.
Do you know about the considerable developments in measures to control or reduce bacterial plaque over the past few years? Antiseptic mouthwashes have been available for years, with the two contenders being Listerine and Chlorhexidine. Now you can count on both to play a major role in improving oral health. There’s also a positive growing acceptance that mouthwash usage is particularly advantageous as an adjunct, again complement, not substitute, to mechanical means (hand and brush) of plaque removal, because such usage can reduce your plaque scores further.
Aside from the fact that Listerine helps protect you against dreaded plaque and gum disease, it can reduce the number of trips you have to make to the dentist. Listerine also gets to germs between your teeth where an ordinary toothbrush might not reach. In this way, Listerine is clearly a complement to brushing and flossing. It’s produced by Warner Lambert, who are market leaders in numerous North and South American, Australian, European and in many parts of Asian markets. They enjoy a rather high brand loyalty rating, which is why it is not surprising to find out that Listerine is a tried and tested product, trusted by people like you all over the world.Colgate Total Plax is another mouthwash that’s found on today’s shelves. It’s marketed by Colgate Palmolive and is available in Mint and Fresh Mint flavors, colored green and red. The product’s available in most pharmacies and supermarkets. This product too is valuable for anyone intending to improve their dental hygiene. It contains a formula similar to Colgate Total, another product of the same line, and is one of the most globally recognized formulas. It has a high quality standard and comes highly recommended.
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