Mouth rinse or more popularly known as mouthwash, is a product for oral hygiene and care. A mouthwash is made by using different ingredients which effectively prevent the growth of bacteria and plaque in the oral cavity, prevent diseases and infections of the oral cavity, strengthen the gums and teeth and at the same time, eliminate the problem of bad breath. Many mouthwashes also provide fluoride to the tooth enamel so that the teeth get stronger.
According to experts, the use of mouthwash does not eliminate the necessity of brushing and flossing the teeth. It is not a substitute for brushing and flossing, however, regular rinsing of the mouth along with brushing and flossing can ensure a completely healthy and hygienic oral cavity.
Besides caring for the teeth and gums, the mouthwash can also eliminate the mucus and food particles which accumulate deep down in the throat.
It is recommended by experts that every person should rinse the mouth twice a day after brushing the teeth. The mouthwash should be gargled for approximately 30 seconds and then spat out.
Typically, the active ingredients of a mouthwash include thymol, methyl salicylate, menthol, benzalkonium chloride, methylparaben, hydrogen peroxide, domiphen bromide, eucalyptol, hexetidine, chlorhexidine gluconate and other ingredients.
Besides the commercial mouthwashes available in the markets, the home remedy in this regard is to use a salt mouthwash. This is using salty lukewarm water for rinsing and gargling. This home remedy can also prevent the mouth from developing various infections and diseases and also cures injuries.