We all use mouthwashes thinking that they are helpful, but are they really?
Not All Are What They Are Advertised To Be
Mouthwash can do more than simply freshen your breath — it can ward off gum disease. But that’s only if you use a bacteria-fighting rinse. Many over the counter mouthwashes are mis advertised as killing bacteria.
There is a difference between antiseptic mouthwashes and antibacterial mouthwashes. Antibacterial products kill bacteria, or hinder their reproduction. Antiseptic substances inhibit the growth and reproduction of many microorganisms. thus products like Listerine and Crest pro-health mouthwashes are advertised as antiseptic but do not kill the bacteria. Only prescription mouthwashes like Peridex are proven to kill bacteria. That is what we dentists use to help healing after deep cleanings.(more…)