Dentists in Coral Springs typically put into two broad categories of either cosmetic or therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwashes are characterized by temporarily controlling bad breath. Although they may leave behind a pleasant smell and taste in your mouth, these mouthwashes don’t address the cause of oral hygiene issues. Cosmetic mouthwashes do not have any chemical or biological application for killing bacteria associated with bad breath and therefore are considered to be merely cosmetic.
On the other hand, therapeutic mouthwashes have active ingredients added specifically for controlling conditions in the mouth that lead to bad breath, plaque, gingivitis, and tooth decay. Many are aware that fluoride is a proven agent in helping to prevent decay and is in many mouthwashes and toothpastes. However, there are several other active ingredients that may be used in therapeutic mouthwashes in order to improve and maintain your oral health.
Cetylpyridinium chloride is an antiseptic used in mouthwash that kills bacteria and other microorganisms. Similarly, peroxide breaks down cell walls of bacteria and is present in several whitening mouthwashes. Both of these ingredients consequently reduce bad breath. Meanwhile, chlorhexidine and essential oils are active ingredients in therapeutic mouthwash that can be used to help control plaque and gingivitis.
Cosmetic mouthwashes, as well as some therapeutic ones, are available over-the-counter. Depending on the formulation, some therapeutic mouthwashes are only available by prescription. To see which mouthwash your oral health can benefit from the most, contact Complete Dental Health today!