What is mouthwash?
A mouthwash is basically a flavored liquid that is used to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth to better protect your teeth. Mouthwashes often contain flavorings, are sweet, have antiseptics, detergents, and even nutrients like calcium and fluoride. Using a mouthwash daily can help freshen your breath in the morning.
If using mouthwash improperly, the oral cavity including enamel and gums can experience severe damage, so it is important to understand it to protect your oral health.
Mouthwash helps to thoroughly clean the oral cavity and freshen breath
How to use mouthwash effectively?
The use of mouthwash depends on individual needs. Mouthwash has the main feature of eliminating bacteria in the oral cavity, helping to remove plaque, bringing fresh breath. Using mouthwash only works to "support" the oral care process, not completely protect your teeth.
To protect your teeth optimally, you still need to follow the golden rules: brush your teeth regularly every day, change your toothbrush every 3 months, use dental floss to remove plaque from your teeth, choose a cream. Toothbrushes containing fluoride are more effective at preventing tooth decay.
Use mouthwash in combination with dental floss to clean teeth completely
"Danger" from mouthwash
Some mouthwashes on the market contain alcohol, which is one of the causes of oral cancer. Especially for smokers, the risk of oral cavity cancer, oropharyngeal cancer, and laryngeal cancer is 9 times higher. Heavy drinkers have five times the risk. Ethanol in mouthwash is one of the carcinogens, can penetrate through the surface of the oral cavity easily and cause harm.
Mouthwash also has potential risks to oral health