Did you know mouthwash plays a vital role in tooth and gum health? It’s true. As a clinic that specializes in teeth whitening and dental cleaning in Vancouver, the hygienists at Pearl know a little something about making your smile its most radiant.
Beautiful teeth are healthy teeth, and mouthwash plays a critical role—if it’s the right stuff. There are broadly two types: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwashes taste great and leave your breath minty fresh. You probably have a pretty good what we’re talking about. On the other hand, therapeutic mouthwashes contain active ingredients that get in between teeth to address factors like gum disease, cavities, bad breath, and staining.
If you’re wondering which is which, it’s not hard to tell. It’s all right there in black and white. Just check the ingredient list. For example– essential oils work to enhance freshness and also possess antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Other key ingredients include:
It’s worth noting mouthwashes won’t contain ALL these ingredients, but they do let you know that you’re investing in a product that does more than smell and taste good, so you’re getting some care benefits. The ingredients any given mouthwash actually contains depend on their purpose—i.e. fighting cavities, whitening teeth, freshening breath.
The right mouthwash is so much more than cosmetic because it reaches places your toothbrush and floss can’t. If you don’t already use mouthwash, add it to your daily routine for a swish way to increase oral health for a healthier smile.
Emma Johnson is the owner of Pearl Boutique, a clinic that specializes in teeth whitening. She is a registered dental hygienist and completed her diploma at Camosun College, which offers one of the best recognized dental hygiene programs in Canada. Emma also holds a health science degree in kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley.