Q2. What does a mouthwash contain?

A2. All mouthwashes contain the same ingredients with just the odd exception. These include:

  • Alcohol: a common ingredient in most types of mouthwash. Increases the anti-bacterial effect of a mouthwash.
  • Fluoride: a chemical often added to toothpaste and water which helps to strengthen the teeth. It also protects the teeth from tooth decay.
  • Antiseptics: for example chlorhexidine gluconate and thymol. These help to protect the teeth against gum disease.
  • Water
  • Preservative: for example sodium benzoate. This helps to keep the mouthwash fresh and usable for longer.
  • Eucalyptol: this is an anti-inflammatory which gives mouthwash its pleasant taste and smell.
  • Calcium: often included for the same reasons as fluoride.
  • Sweeteners: these are added to help improve the taste. They include sodium saccharine and xylitol.

FAQS Index:

Mouthwash FAQs

  1. What is a mouthwash?
  2. What does a mouthwash contain?
  3. Should I use a mouthwash instead of brushing my teeth?
  4. Are mouthwashes suitable for children?
  5. Do mouthwashes cause cancer?
  1. What types of mouthwash are there?
  2. Do I need to use a mouthwash?
  3. I use fluoride toothpaste; should I use a fluoride mouthwash as well?
  4. Are there any alcohol-free mouthwashes?
  5. How much do mouthwashes cost?

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