Mouthwashes – an indispensable part of oral hygiene
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Mouthwashes – an indispensable part of oral hygiene

Oral hygiene products are increasingly taking up advertising space on the Internet, in newspapers and in specialized magazines. In the sea of ​​recommended remedies that manufacturers swear are indispensable to us in our oral hygiene routine, it is difficult to assess which ones we really need and use. Dental water plays a very important role in maintaining the health of the oral cavity. They should be a mandatory third step in the implementation of oral hygiene after cleaning with a brush (and toothpaste) and interdental brushes and / or dental floss.

Toothpastes with the active ingredient chlorhexidine (CHX) have a strong antiseptic (antibacterial) effect and are used to control the formation of dental plaque. At a chlorhexidine concentration of 0.12% and 0.2% (parodontax® EXTRA, Curasept ADS®, PerioAid®) have a special purpose before and after surgery to reduce the number of bacteria, during periodontal therapy (treatment of periodontitis curettage) or in inflammation of the oral cavity.

The downside of chlorhexidine toothpaste is that after prolonged use (2+ weeks) they can cause dark tooth discoloration and are therefore not recommended for daily, indefinite use. We recommend our patients to use chlorhexidine water before and after surgery to protect themselves from bacterial overgrowth and mouth wound infection.

Most water contains fluoride, an important element in the construction of teeth, in the form of fluoride, a salt that can enter the enamel from the tooth surface and help maintain its strength and resistance to acids that cause tooth decay.

Fluoride can also regulate the amount of bacteria. There is also water that does not contain fluoride because some do not want to take it into the body, and this is indicated on the packaging. According to experts, a lot of fluoride should be ingested by swallowing for a long time.

Among the substances that prevent the formation of tartar in water are phosphorus compounds. Sodium pyrophosphate is an ingredient in baking powder.

There are also zinc compounds in water, such as zinc citrate and zinc gluconate, which can also be purchased as dietary supplements, and act to remove plaque and interfere with the process of scale formation.

Applying mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing teeth and gums or flossing, dental showers, etc. Furthermore, according to nutritionists, proper nutrition ultimately means healthier saliva that protects teeth from decay, and thus less bad breath.

The manufacturer’s instructions should be followed and the water should be used up to twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, as most often recommended by dentists.

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