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Dentist reveals truth about mouthwashes

Dentist reveals truth about mouthwashes Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

Mouth rinses are very popular among consumers as they provide a quick and easy way to freshen breath. But is there any other effect from them?

This was discussed in an interview with RBC-Ukraine by a practicing dentist specializing in therapeutic, orthopedic, and aesthetic dentistry Yan Stremskyi.

Dentist reveals the truth about mouthwashes

Many believe that for better teeth cleaning results, one should use mouthwash in addition to toothpaste, as it freshens breath and washes away all bacteria from the oral cavity, and it should be used just like toothpaste - ideally twice a day. But some think it's just a marketing gimmick.

Mouthwashes come in various types, with different flavors and effects. It can have therapeutic properties or simply freshen breath, and of course, each mouthwash has a different composition.

According to the dentist, mouthwash in oral care is not mandatory.

Dentist reveals truth about mouthwashesAre mouthwashes truly effective? (Photo: Freepik)

"Depending on the composition, we divide them into those that can be used daily and therapeutic ones, which are prescribed for a certain period, for example, after tooth extraction or in case of gum inflammation," explains Yan.

Almost all of them improve breath for a while, but they do not treat the root cause of bad breath.

"Also, many alcohol-based mouthwashes not only destroy pathogenic bacteria but also those that are necessary for normal digestion, and they dry out the mucous membrane, which can cause new inflammatory processes," concludes the dentist.

Earlier, we discussed what damages tooth enamel the most.