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Mouthwash (Overview)

Mouthwash can be gentler than toothpaste for sensitive gums.


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What are the top 3 mouthwashes?

What are the top 3 mouthwashes?

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. ...Read more

Mouthwash (Overview)

Mouthwash can be gentler than toothpaste for sensitive gums.


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Is mouthwash effective?

Is  mouthwash effective?

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! ...Read more

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What mouthwash is the best?

What mouthwash is the best?

ADA seal is the best: Always look for the ADA Seal mouthwash to insure that the product has been objectively evaluated for safety and effectiveness. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do I do after using mouthwash?

Spit it out: It is not adviseable to swallow mouthwash. Since mouthwash is used after flossing and brushing, you can go about your day if done upon waking or just go to bed if in at bedtime. ...Read more

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How could mouthwash be good for you?

How could mouthwash be good for you?

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. ...Read more

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What type of mouthwash should I use?

What type of mouthwash should I use?

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. ...Read more

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How come many mouthwashes use alcohol?

How come many mouthwashes use alcohol?

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. ...Read more

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How often can I use peroxide mouthwash?

How often can I use peroxide mouthwash?

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. ...Read more

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Could mouthwash have an expiration date?

Yes,always: all standard mouth wash have expiration date. The expiration date of the product will be printed on the bottle. ...Read more

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Where can you purchase miracle mouthwash?

Where can you purchase miracle mouthwash?

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. ...Read more

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How often can I use oxygenating mouthwash?

Oxygenated mouthwash: Sorry, as a dentist of many years, i don't recommend it at all. Mouthwash only works for 1 1/2 hours to give a clean breath. See your family dentist for more definitive information. ...Read more

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In what ways can mouthwash be good for you?

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. ...Read more

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What mouthwash ingredients are the cheapest?

Water: The rest of them can't be that expensive either. You're planning to formulate your own? ...Read more

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Help please? What is the top rated mouthwash?

Help please? What is the top rated mouthwash?

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. ...Read more

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At what age can a child start using mouthwash?

At what age can a child start using mouthwash?

When Do Not Swallow: At whatever age your child can gargle and spit it out without swallowing it. This is widely variable. ...Read more

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Do you think I should I rinse after mouthwash?

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. ...Read more

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What mouthwash is the best bang for your buck?

Products: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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What is the scientifically proven best mouthwash?

What is the scientifically proven best mouthwash?

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. ...Read more

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What is the active ingredient in most mouthwashes?

What is the active ingredient in most mouthwashes?

Ingredients Vary: Since there are numerous mouthwashes on the market, it would be best to read the label on the specific one you might be questioning. For more info that can be fit into 400 characters, see below link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouthwash ...Read more

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What is that dark green when i rinse with mouthwash?

Deposits: Some mouthwashes contain certain chemicals that can cause a green staining. I would suggest switching brands of mouthwash to see if this solves the problem. Certain mouthwashes just react differently to each patient's saliva. ...Read more

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What effects from peroxide and from alcohol mouthwashes?

What effects from peroxide and from alcohol mouthwashes?

Black hairy tongue: The name sounds scary but it's harmless. Overuse of mouthrinses can kill the bacteria which normally live on the tongue and allow an overgrowth of yeast. The papillae, rough hair-like projections on your tongue, can overgrow and look like hair. It is treated by discontinuing the mouthrinse, brushing and scrapping the tongue, and antifungal prescription if necessary. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to which is the better brand of mouthwash?

I'm curious as to which is the better brand of mouthwash?

Mouth rinses: First, for most individuals, mouth rinses are not an essential part of good oral hygiene and dental health. There are a zillion products out there....Some have alcohol and others don't, some have better antimicrobial effects than others, some claim tartar and plaque control, etc... There is no one generally accepted better brand or specific product. This should be discussed with your own dentist. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's okay to use mouthwash more than twice a day?

Yes and no: Yes it is however if your breath is bad you should see your dentist to be sure there is not another cause like gum disease. If your gums are healthy then you may consider an ent/gi specialist to diagnose why you have halitosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could use two different types of mouthwash?

Don't overdo it: Can? Yes. Should? Unlikely. Why would you want to? For most individuals even using one mouthwash is actually unnecessary. There are exceptions for specific needs. Avoid the ones with alcohol, unless used sparingly. Speak to your own dentist regarding what would be best for your specific situation. ...Read more

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I prefer the new mouthwashes that don't use alcohol, are they just as effective?

I prefer the new mouthwashes that don't use alcohol, are they just as effective?

Yes: Mouth wash is an adjunct to your main oral hygiene regimen (brushing and flossing). They are not required. Nonalcohol mouthwash is good for people with dry mouth, burning mouth syndrome, lichen planus, oral lupus, etc... Biotene is a common nonalcohol mouthwash and widely use. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to use a mouthwash every night? What are the benefits and which is the best brand?

No: The most important thing is to brush and floss well. Mouthwash is not necessary to maintain good oral health for most of us. But your dentist may recommend or prescribe a specific mouth rinse for a specific problem or condition such as gum disease. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is really a difference between the new scope dual blast mouthwash and the regular scope?

The logo: is the only differance. Nothing can replace a good oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, rinsing with a control mouth rinse and regular professional cleaning. Good luck. ...Read more

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Our dr. Made "miracle mouthwash." this is what it says on the bottle: "tetra/nysta/hydro/q-dry/cherr." what do each of these mean?

Our dr. Made "miracle mouthwash." this is what it says on the bottle: "tetra/nysta/hydro/q-dry/cherr." what do each of these mean?

See below: Tetra can be tetracycline an antibiotic or tetracaine - an anesthetic

nysta- is Nystatin an antifungal

hydro - not sure

q-dry - not sure

cherr is most likely cherry flavoring. ...Read more