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Unread 01-12-2012, 08:08 AM
 
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Smile What is the best mouth wash for your overall dental and oral health?

Hey all,

Which mouth wash is best for your dental health? I ask specifically, which is best for your overall health , because I know there are products which target bad breath. Some of them do that very well, but are they the best for your overall dental health?

Thanks and sincerely
Mac Brown

Dentist In Redmond
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Unread 01-12-2012, 08:13 AM
 
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If I buy mouthwash I ONLY buy those that have the ADA symbol. Many do not.
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Unread 01-13-2012, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Bentonville, Arkansas
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I go with Act total care Fluoride rinse and haven't had any complaints yet. Not sure if it's possible to actually feel this, but it feels like my teeth have actually gotten stronger. To me, Listerine is too strong. I have also tried the Crest whitening rinse and that does nothing for me except for costing me more money than Act does.
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Unread 01-13-2012, 01:43 AM
 
Location: Chicago Suburbs
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Listerine. Dentists can also prescribe you stronger mouthwashes that help heal and disinfect.
Listerine is the ONLY mouth wash that disinfects. That's what kills germs and prevents decay. Other mouth washes brag about floride. Yeah that's important, but that only helps strengthen. Listerine burns because it's killing germs and bacteria. My dentist always makes oral care Walt for me to understand. Germs and bacteria (food, sugar, saliva, etc) poop in your mouth and cause decay. Getting rid of the poop is most important. Not mInty fresh breath. Don't buy any dental item without the ADA seal of approval.
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Unread 01-15-2012, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Wallis and Futuna
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Listerine is not the only mouth wash that disinfects. The reason it disinfects, is because it has a high alcohol content. Alcohol kills germs and bacteria on contact. Any mouth wash/oral rinse containing alcohol will do that.

The reason it disinfects as efficiently as it does, is because it also contains thymol, which is a natural chemical component of the herb thyme. It is also a very strong antibacterial component, and it is thymol, when combined with alcohol, that causes the burning sensation in your mouth.

If you rinsed your mouth out with grain alcohol, you'd have the same disinfectant effect as if you rinsed your mouth out with listerine, sans the minty aftertaste.

You can make your own "listerine" with 8 ounces of grain alcohol, 2 drops of thyme essential oil, 2 drops of peppermint essential oil, and 1 drop of cinnamon bark essential oil.

Shake well, swish 2 of those 8 ounces around in your mouth for 2 minutes, and spit out without rinsing.
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Unread 01-15-2012, 09:41 AM
 
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I put a few drops of oil of oregano in water and swish with a small amount of that. Does a great job!
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Unread 01-30-2012, 01:24 PM
 
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Hey all,

Which mouth wash is best for your dental health? I ask specifically, which is best for your overall health , because I know there are products which target bad breath. Some of them do that very well, but are they the best for your overall dental health?

Thanks and sincerely
Mac Brown

Dentist In Redmond
Well I'm not a dentist, but from personal experience I'd say you don't necessarily need mouth wash. Growing up I never once used mouth wash, just toothpaste and rinsed with water. I never had problems with bad breath ever. When I became an adult I started using it only because my SO used it and I liked the fresh sensation it gave my mouth. After using it for awhile, I noticed my mouth started to get really dry. So I stopped using it and my mouth is back to normal. My children's pediatric dentist told me it's not necessary to use mouth wash. It can actually mess with the saliva's pH balance causing dry mouth, which is really bad as saliva helps keep your teeth clean naturally and keeps plaque from building up. Now my SO on the other hand has used mouth wash ALL his life and when he stopped using it, he got cold sores in his mouth. He has stopped using mouthwash completely now and says his mouth isn't nearly as dry and doesn't have to worry about getting cold sores every time he runs out of mouth wash. If I had to choose a mouth wash though, I'd say use something natural, like maybe baking soda with water or salt water. My stepdad uses Biotene, which is actually for dry mouth and he says it's very mild. Mouth wash, to me, is just pointless. It is in no way a substitute for flossing/brushing and the drying factor is enough for me not to want to use it. Waste of money. Only thing it's good for is maybe a good quick fix for morning breath before your lover wakes up in the morning. I was once told by my dentist, after I asked him which toothpaste was "really the best", he said not to worry about the type of toothpaste you use, rather worry more about the brushing technique you use.
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Unread 06-22-2012, 05:35 AM
 
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I personally have been using Dr. Katz TheraBreath Oral Rinse for years.

More info: [url]http://best-gear.org/dr-katz-therabreath-oral-rinse-16-ounce-bottles-pack-of-2/[/url]
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Unread 01-24-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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Default TetroBreath

I agree with the reply above TetroBreath Oral Rinse is by far the best mouthwash that I've tried. They sell it on the TetroBreath website. "Welcome10" is the code for a 10% discount on the UK site.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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I use a few - that's what dental phobia gets you! I used Biotene PBF during chemo and still use it in the mornings and as a rinse after lunch at work - it disinfects without using alcohol and has enzymes in it to help with dry mouth. I use Listerine followed with a flouride/xylitol rinse at night.

My dentist is happy with the way my teeth look and despite going 3 years (with chemo thrown in the middle) without a cleaning, I only developed the tiniest of baby cavities during that time. As a contrast, my younger brother once had a full 6 cavities when he was 21 in between 6 month cleanings and my parents only don't get cavities because almost all of their teeth are filled or fake! Teeth are a bit of a weak point in my family, so even if it's overkill, it gives me peace of mind to overdo it!
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