Q2. What does a mouthwash contain?
. 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
- 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.
- Preservative: for example
sodium benzoate. This helps to keep the mouthwash fresh and usable for
- 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.
- What is a mouthwash?
- What does a mouthwash contain?
- Should I use a mouthwash instead of brushing my teeth?
- Are mouthwashes suitable for children?
- Do mouthwashes cause cancer?
- What types of mouthwash are there?
- Do I need to use a mouthwash?
- I use fluoride toothpaste; should I use a fluoride mouthwash as well?
- Are there any alcohol-free mouthwashes?
- How much do mouthwashes cost?