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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.