Your first choice when looking for a mouthwash is to get a prescription from your dentist. This will remove any guesswork from selecting the one that is right for you. If you are purchasing an over the counter mouthwash, be sure to look for the ADA seal. This is your guarantee that the product is safe and does not damage oral tissues or cause internal problems.
There are many good and bad products out there and you want to make sure to choose wisely. Ideally, you want to use a mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol. If you have one that does contain alcohol, it should only be used once daily. The alcohol dehydrates and dries out the mouth, so if you use it, please use it in moderation.
If your mouthwash contains chlorhexidine, it will help with gingivitis, but spots may appear on the gums or tongue if you use this mouthwash for an extended amount of time. You will do well to only use a mouthwash with this ingredient for a month.
Most mouthwash containing teeth whitening ingredients should only be used once a day. If you use a mouthwash with bicarbonate, it will immediately bleach the teeth. These results, although desired, mean you should refrain from using it daily or for prolonged periods of time. Once your teeth have regained their original color, you should stop using this ingredient for a few months before resuming it.
You can move between treatments, as your needs may change. If you see an ingredient you don’t recognize, it would be a good idea to ask your dentist or look up that ingredient to find the positives and negatives before making a purchase.
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