Mouthwashes are used for a variety of reasons:
* to freshen breath
* help prevent or control tooth decay
* reduce plaque (a thin film of bacteria that forms on teeth)
* prevent or reduce gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease)
* reduce the speed with which tartar (hardened plaque) forms on the teeth or to produce a combination of these
Most mouthwashes are available without a prescription. Your dentist can advise you whether you need a mouthwash and what kind of mouthwash to use, depending on your oral health needs.
There are two types of mouthwashes:
Therapeutic mouthwashes: These can help reduce plaque, gingivitis, cavities, and bad breath. Those that contain fluoride help prevent, or reduce tooth decay.
Cosmetic mouthwashes. These may temporarily control, or reduce bad breath and leave the mouth with a pleasant taste, but donât deal with the causes of bad breath, kill the bacteria that causes bad breath, or help reduce plaque, gingivitis, or cavities.
If you have difficulty brushing and flossing, a mouthwash may provide additional protection against cavities and gum disease.
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