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Top mouth rinses: Top in sales, effectiveness or? There are so many on the market and they all have different ingredients and indications. In general, they are not even an essential part of good oral hygiene. Ask your own dentist to recommend the right one for you based upon your specific circumstances and needs.See 1 more doctor answer
Good for 1% of care!: In my office daily flossing is 93% of home care; toothbrushing is 6% and mouthwash is at best 1%. Don't believe what you see on the commercials. (have you ever seen a commercial for floss? No! because there is no profit in selling it!). But there must be a tremendous profit in pitching 40 proof mouthwash!See 2 more doctor answers
Adjunct: Mouthwash reduces harmful bacterial levels. Tooth brushing 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock removes about 70% of bacteria. Flossing/Water Pik removes a little under 30% from places toothbrush can never reach. Mouthwash may reduce 1-2%. So mouthwash not a substitute for brushing/flossing.See 1 more doctor answer
Listerine: Listerine really does work fantastically, but the alcohol is irritating. Crest pro health is a good second choice that has no burning taste. Mouth wash does not even remotely compare to the effectiveness of proper flossing and brushing. Mouth wash helps when you have healthy gums, but it should not be a substitute for good hygiene.See 1 more doctor answer
It's a disinfectant: Alcohol has historically been used as a disinfectant; listerine is a well known example whose original formulation was 27% alcohol. Today there are a number of good non alcohol mouth rinses that are also effective and gentle. Crest prohealth, colgate total, natural dentist and listerine zero are a few.See 1 more doctor answer
Daily - if diluted: One cup of water mixed with 1 tbsp. Of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide is an easy and antiseptic home remedy mouthwash that can be used daily. You can mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water if you have canker sores. Don't worry if the mixture foams a bit when you're rinsing. Make sure to spit and rinse afterwards. Do not swallow.See 1 more doctor answer
Only by Prescription: In most states, it is only available by a dentist's prescription. It is used to treat a variety of dental & sometimes given after some dental procedures. If you have had treatment recently, call the office, otherwise you will need to be seen to have it prescribed.See 1 more doctor answer
Kills bacteria: There are many different types of mouthwashes. They all will kill bacteria but only for a short time until bacteria starts forming again. Fresher breath for a time. Be sure to brush and floss first.
Mouthwash: There are many mouthwashes on the market. Some have Fluoride to reduce tooth decay, some for gum issues etc. Read the labels and decide which is best for you. The most important thing to notice is if it is accepted by the ada. This way you will know that the mouthwash is actually doing what is intended to do. The ada seal usually is noted on the label.
Mouth rinses: There are different mouthwashes for different purposes. Some need prescriptions while most don't. I am not sure what you are using or why (or if you even have to use it in the first place). Whatever the reason, I can't see why you would want to limit the effectiveness (if it is effective even) by rinsing out. Your own dentist can best answer your question and discuss this issue with you.See 1 more doctor answer
Mouthwashes: The problem here is they all have their own "scientific" data. My take on this is somewhat complicated. Listerene is good because of a proprietary oil in their mouthwash. By brand, it is the only alcohol-containing mouthwash I recommend. The others I recommend specifically because they have no alcohol (drying of mucosa and destroy good bacteria). Non alcoholic are breath rx, act, fluorigard.See 4 more doctor answers