Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Facts About Fluoride Free Mouthwash

By Angela Olson

Mouthwashes can be defined as chemical solutions that are manufactured to be used to reduce microbial load in mouths. For them to work well, the solution needs to be gargled in the mouth without swallowing it. One should gargle and swash the solution vigorously until it gets to every inch of the mouth. Other names that are commonly used to refer to the product are mouth rinse, oral rinse, and mouth bath. Manufacturers have introduced several different brands of this product in the market. Fluoride free mouthwash is one of the many brands produced by most manufacturers.

Besides being used to reduce microbial load in the mouth, the product may also be used for other purposes. For instance, it can be used as an anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and an analgesic. Cosmetic mouth rinses have also been developed to help give the mouth a good smell and taste. However, the effects of cosmetic mouth rinses are usually not permanent and will go away after a short while.

The fact that mouthwashes are composed of various ingredients gives them the ability to be multi-purpose. One of the purposes is that they can substitute saliva in some cases. Xerostomia is a medical condition that renders the mouth incapable of secreting saliva. Mouth bath therefore substitutes saliva to keep the mouth moist. Moistening of the mouth prevents the condition from deteriorating further and improves the effects.

The normal use of the product involves gargling or swishing about 20 milliliters of the liquid for about a half a minute. After this period, the liquid should be spat out. Many manufacturers of the product usually advice users not to drink water within a given period of using a mouth rinse. Some companies go ahead to stain the expectorate so that the user is able to see the debris and bacteria from their mouth.

After brushing the teeth with toothpaste, there is usually beneficial fluoride residue left in the mouth. It is important for this residue to remain in the mouth to help with fighting bacteria. As such, it is not advisable to use mouthwash immediately after brushing teeth. In the same way, one does not get the best results from brushing teeth when they rinse their mouths with water after brushing.

The ingredients added into mouthwashes vary a lot from one manufacturer to the next. That is why different manufacturers may have different recommendation for using their products. However, generally, these products are believed to have the ability to kill bacterial plaque responsible for causing bad breath, gingivitis, and cavities. It should also be understood that the use of mouthwash should not stop one from flossing or brushing their teeth on a daily basis.

According to dental associations, proper dental hygiene can be maintained by simply brushing and flossing teeth. However, the same dental associations also approve the use of certain products. Brushing and flossing teeth should be accompanied by regular dental check ups by a qualified dentist.

Mouthwashes usually come with a few side effects too. The first and most common side effect is taste disturbance. It is usually hard to taste food and liquids immediately after using the product. Other effects include a sensation of xerostomia and tooth staining. Some people experience redness, ulceration, and soreness in their mouths too.

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