How do you do a perfect mouthwash?
Why do you need a perfect mouthwash?
- Plaque removal (a thin layer of bacteria caused due to deposition of food particles).
- To avoid bad breath.
- Prevent dental cavities.
- Stop formation of calculus (thick band around the teeth due to hardening of plaque which goes off only by professional scaling).
- Reduce the chances of gum disease (gingivitis).
Common constituents in a mouthwash are-
- Antiseptic agents- include chlorhexidine gluconate, triclosan, betadine, etc.
- Antiplaque agents- include hydrogen peroxide, zinc, and calcium.
- Anti cavity agents- include fluoride.
- Anti mal-odor agents- include sanguinarine, cetylpyridinium chloride.
- Analgesics- include benzydamine.
- Anti inflammatory- include betamethasone.
- Phenolic compounds with anti bacterial properties include- thymol, eugenol, menthol, eucalyptol, etc.
- Preservatives- include methyl paraben.
- Flavoring agents- include sodium saccharin, xylitol, sucralose and sorbitol.
- Astringents – include alum or zinc chloride to make the mouthwash pleasant to taste.
- Other agents include- sodium lauryl sulfate, benzoic acid, methyl salicylate, salt and water.
The procedure of doing a perfect mouthwash includes-
- Using the right amount- one can be ensured of using the correct amount by using a dispenser. These are available at various stores. Take around 20ml or as instructed by your dentist in the dispenser for a perfect mouthwash. These mouthwash dispensers also prevent in spillage and wasting of the mouthwash.
- Dilution if required- though diluting the mouth wash decreases its effectiveness, but it is absolutely up to you. Make a perfect mouthwash by slightly diluting with water.
- Time- you should watch the clock carefully for about 30 to 60 seconds and then spit the mouthwash.
- Gargle the mouthwash- keep the mouthwash back in throat and gargle for 30 to 60 seconds so that the bacteria’s get killed.
- Rinsing- It is absolutely one’s personal choice whether to rinse mouth after using a mouthwash or not. Some people spit the mouthwash and rinse while others don’t as they think the protective layer formed gets washed away.
- Not a substitute of regular oral regime- mouthwash is not a substitute of daily brushing and flossing. It is rather an addition to them for better oral care.