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Types Of Mouthwash And How They Can Prevent Gum Disease


Posted on 12/15/2023 by Amir Hosseini, DDS
Diagram of teeth and gum cleaning.From an early age, we all learn why it is crucial to brush and floss regularly to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Unfortunately, despite keeping pace with good oral hygiene practices, gingivitis and gum disease still arise.

It is prudent we address issues with the gums early before they proceed to take hold of our mouths. Adding mouthwash to our oral hygiene routine provides added advantages when it comes to stumping off gum infections.

Types of Mouthwash


Various types of mouthwash exist, and they are meant to address different things, though they have a common goal of rinsing out the mouth. The common mouthwash products you can get are:

Alcohol-based Mouthwashes

These are effective at eliminating germs and bacteria residing in the mouth that cause plaque and gingivitis. However, you should be careful when using alcohol-based mouthwashes. They can cause a burning sensation in the gums. They can also dry out the mouth, contributing to reduced saliva production. As such, they could allow bacteria to multiply since no saliva to wash them away.

Alcohol-free Mouthwashes

Using alcohol-free mouthwashes is recommended since they don't irritate the gums. They do not bring reduced saliva production. As such they allow saliva to protect your gums and teeth. These mouthwashes can effectively ward off mouth bacteria when used along with flossing and brushing.

Fluoride Rinses

Though not designed to help fight bacteria and germs, they do to some extent, help in preventing bacteria plaque. They contain fluoride that works to boost the strength of the teeth's outer covering called enamel.

How Mouthwash Helps with Gum Inflammation?


While brushing and flossing may be the best action to take when aiming to prevent gingivitis and gum disease, you can still make the practice more effective with mouthwash. Mouthwashes help treat bacteria that bring about gingivitis. They also prevent plaque from forming.

Visit us if you are showing signs of gingivitis or gum disease. We can treat gum inflammation and gum disease before they turn worse. Remember to floss and brush and pick the right mouthwash.




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