What Do You Know About Mouthrinse?
The use of mouthrinses can benefit patients’ oral health in a variety of ways—from reducing caries risk to supporting periodontal health. Read on to see how much you know about this important part of an effective self-care regimen.
Mouthrinses contain chemotherapeutic agents designed to reach hard or soft tissues and ingredients may be added to increase the longevity of therapeutic action. True
Therapeutic mouthrinses are typically indicated to freshen breath, remove stain, and improve the appearance of teeth.
Mouthrinsing is a replacement for mechanical plaque removal.
Fluoride mouthrinses primarily work by protecting the teeth from harmful acids.
Delmopinol does not kill bacteria and is not considered an antibacterial agent, but rather it slows the formation of the pellicle layer, making it more difficult for plaque and bacteria to adhere to the tooth’s surface.
Research demonstrates that the combination of essential oils thymol, eucalyptol, menthol, and methylsalicaylate inhibit enzyme activity and disrupt the cell wall.
Only mouthrinses that make cosmetic claims are regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration as drugs.
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