Brushing and flossing are good, but why use a mouth wash?

Brushing and flossing are good, but why use a mouth wash?

First of all, using a mouth wash finishes up with cleaning process of the teeth and mouth. Second, it helps to kill harmful bacteria, third it freshens the breath and fourth it promotes healthy gums.

Taking care of your teeth, gums, tongue are important for many reasons. Healthy oral care helps prevent bad breath, reduces bacteria, dry mouth and am helps digestion since the breakdown of food starts in the mouth. Mouth2 washes are also called oral rinses are important. They help to remove the debris of food particles in the mouth that increase the risk of increased bacteria.

It is wise to incorporate the use of a mouth wash daily along with brushing your teeth and flossing, since a mouthwash can help protect against bacteria and prevent dental problems. It is suggested to first brush your teeth, floss and then use the mouth wash. It is recommended to do this twice a day. In addition, it’s important to regularly see your dentist and eat a healthy diet with a good portion of fruits and vegetables filled with antioxidants and other nutrients. Nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C,  vitamin D and vitamin A are important for the teeth.

Reduce the sugar!

In addition, reduce the sugar containing foods in your diet. Everyone knows that sugar is bad for the teeth, but there is a reason that most people do not know about.

Harmful bacteria in the mouth produces acids that eat away at the enamel that protects the teeth. After consuming products with sugar, it is left on your teeth. The sugar interacts with the bacteria and causes increased acidity. The acid causes the breakdown of the protective enamel causing cavities.
By cutting out sugar, you can stop this problem and avoid cavities. It is essential that you try to protect the enamel for as long as possible. Cutting out sugar completely may be too difficult so try to limit your sugar intake, which will help a great deal.

Dental health declines with age since there are physiological changes that occur over time. In the oral cavity as one ages, the teeth begin to wear down the enamel and other problems occur. Lifestyle, environment and genetics are factors that influence oral health, but taking care of your teeth, gums and tongue with regular care and use of a mouthwash are essential.

Some Key Compounds Found in Mouth Washes

Xylitol

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol found in some fruits and vegetables in small amounts. It is not the same as the alcohol that is in alcoholic beverages. It gives sweetness with fewer calories than what sugar provides and doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. Its source can be from Birch and Beechwood trees or from xylan, which is a plant fiber. 

Xylitol has been used extensively studied during the last 45 years or so specifically for dental health. It has been accepted as a natural approved sweetener by the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (Nayak PA et al, 2014).

Xylitol is also beneficial to protect the teeth. There is a plaque that can form on teeth from food and drinks and can form along the gum line of your mouth and between your teeth. 

Xylitol provides cleansing properties in many mouthwashes. Human studies have shown it to promote dental health, along with it being effective at rinsing the debris from the surface of the mouth. The debris includes food substances that contain undesirable bacteria.

Research shows that xylitol increases the flow of saliva and the pH and protects against bacteria. Xylitol has a protective effect on tooth enamel surfaces. It helps to inhibit the mouth's pH levels from falling below their normal range. Therefore, increasing the pH aids in further protection.

 

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is an invigorating, energetic herb that that has been used historically by the Chinese and Japanese to provide health benefits and give a feeling of vitality. It helps to prevent bad breath caused by food debris in the mouth.

It has been used over a thousand years and it has been stated that when the early European settlers traveled to North America they brought peppermint plants. Although, it was noted that Native Americans had already used mint for medicinal purposes.

It is a fascinating herb that was even used in trace amounts that have been found in Egyptian pyramids.

Peppermint is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint. The oils themselves are retrieved by a cold extraction or by carbon dioxide from the fresh peppermint plant.
One of the most popular uses of peppermint oil is to freshen your breath. The oil itself kills bacteria and fungus, both of which can cause infections in the mouth or lead to the development of cavities. Peppermint oil is especially effective against particular anaerobic type bacteria, which spread in low-oxygen environments. These include the spaces between teeth or under the gum line where cavities can develop.

Aloe vera

The Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) plant is a succulent species from the genus Aloe. It is originally found in the Arabian Peninsula, but grows wild in many tropical regions. The name Aloe is derived from the Arabic word “Alloeh,” which means shining, bitter substance and “vera” in Latin means true.

It contains bioactives such as aloin, aloeemodin, aloemannan, acemannan, flavonoids, saponins, sterols, vitamins and others. It has been used for its health attributes all over the world including in Asia, Egypt, South Africa, India, North America and Mexico. It actually has been studied in humans added to mouthwash and has demonstrated beneficial results. It has been shown to help clean the teeth. Research has shown that it helps to protect against bacteria.

Colloidal silver

Colloidal silver is a mineral that provides suspended silver particles in a liquid. It has been used for thousands of years and is believed to have supporting benefits in a mouthwash.

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References

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