Mouthwashes can be used daily to kill bad breath germs, fight plaque, and promote overall oral health; however, they can also be used to prevent and treat other unwanted oral conditions. Mouthwashes are available over-the-counter or with a prescription, depending on your need, but they can vary widely.
What are the different types of mouthwashes?
Mouthwashes are broken into two different categories, cosmetic and therapeutic.
- Cosmetic mouthwashes – all cosmetic mouthwashes are available over-the-counter and offer temporary relief of bad breath. They do not treat sulfur and bacteria, the real problem of bad breath though, so they may only mask the problem.
- Therapeutic mouthwashes – some therapeutic mouthwashes are available over-the-counter, and others require a prescription. Therapeutic mouthwashes use ingredients that kill bacteria in the mouth. The ingredients and strengths used determine whether a therapeutic mouthwash is available over-the-counter or requires a prescription.
Compounding pharmacists can make specialized non-staining antibacterial mouthwashes that can address your individual needs.
Why are antibacterial mouthwashes used?
Antibacterial mouthwashes are used to kill unwanted bacteria throughout the mouth. These bacteria can lead to several unwanted side effects, including dry socket, bad breath, plaque, gingivitis, and tooth decay.
- Dry Socket is a painful side effect that can develop when bacteria gets into the open wound after surgery. Antibacterial mouthwashes have been shown to be effective at preventing dry socket and may be given to patients after oral surgery.
- Bad breath is caused by sulfur compounds and bacteria in the mouth. Over-the-counter mouthwashes can mask bad breath, but they do not address the cause of it. Compounded antibacterial mouthwashes, however, target the real cause of bad breath and offer long-term results.
- Plaque and gingivitis develop slowly over time and antibacterial agents, such as cetylpyridinium chloride and chlorhexidine, have been shown in studies to reduce plaque and gingivitis.
- Tooth decay is when the enamel starts to break down. Fluoride can be added to compounded mouthwashes to prevent and reduce tooth decay.
Some antibacterial mouthwashes may stain the teeth, but with compounding, your local Frisco compounding pharmacist can create a product that will meet all of your needs without staining. If you would like to learn more about antibacterial mouthwashes, talk to your ReNue Rx pharmacist today.
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