Mouthwashes are a perfect and highly recommended complement after carrying out the basic oral care: brushing, dental floss, and interproximal brushes.
Which should we choose? As with toothpaste, in the case of mouthwashes today there is a wide variety of supply. Therefore, from the College of Dentists and Stomatologists of Valencia we recommend that if you are not sure which type of rinse is most suitable for your mouth, you should consult your dentist.
We will need a solution for each problem. According to our objective, we will choose one or the other but what we recommend is that it does not contain alcohol. In fact, a patient who has not had any alcoholic beverages could test positive in a minimum breathalyzer, the reason being to rinse his mouth with a mouthwash with alcohol. It has happened to more than one patient. In the case of children is not recommended for use at ages under 6 years.
Currently, there are many types of rinses, from those that help to fight tooth decay (thanks to its fluoride load) to those that alleviate halitosis (bad breath) passing those indicated for dental sensitivity and gingivitis, among others. Since the ICOEV reminds you not to rinse your mouth or drink anything for half an hour after using it if you want it to be effective on your teeth.
The mouthwashes with chlorhexidine deserve a separate mention. It is an antiseptic that eliminates and prevents the development of bacteria in the mouth. Its use should be indicated by a health professional and should only be applied on the days prescribed by the dentist as prolonged use can end up staining the teeth. It is usually indicated before and after implant surgery, exodontia, extractions as well as gingivitis, periodontitis, serious lesions of the mucosa.
In short, the mouthwash is a very interesting complement but never replaces a good brushing and dental floss so if you want to have a smile often, take note of our advice.