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Let's Talk Mouthwash

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Hi all , hope everyone is keeping safe and well. 
So I thought today we talk about mouthwash, I had couple questions
1. Do company that make mouthwash have to pass a qualified test to approve what the mouthwash does ? Reason I ask this because you get some Shops doing there own brand of mouthwash, How are the exactly qualified for this ? E.g Asda has its own make 

2. Are some brands more trusted than others ? What brands do you lot go for ? 

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  • edited 23 May at 9:59AM
    brook2jack2brook2jack2 Forumite
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    edited 23 May at 9:59AM
    98% of mouthwash is classed as cosmetic ie there is no clinical evidence for proper research to say it has any health benefit at all. 

    In face mouthwash interacts with toothpaste , so shouldn't be used within two hours of brushing teeth and it washes away any fluoride from toothpaste ie when you brush you should spit, not rinse, to keep toothpaste in contact with your teeth.

    The only mouthwashes which have  any clinical benefit should be prescribed by your dentist and those are fluoride containing mouthwashes to be used in between tooth brushing and mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine which should be used for a short time only , on the advice of a dentist as there is
    a problems with bacteria becoming resisitant
    b increasing problems of people becoming allergic to chlorhexidine , including tragic cases where people have died. 

    For most people mouthwash is a waste of money and can , in fact damage their oral health rather than improve it. 
  • BiilBiil Forumite
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    98% of mouthwash is classed as cosmetic ie there is no clinical evidence for proper research to say it has any health benefit at all. 

    In face mouthwash interacts with toothpaste , so shouldn't be used within two hours of brushing teeth and it washes away any fluoride from toothpaste ie when you brush you should spit, not rinse, to keep toothpaste in contact with your teeth.

    The only mouthwashes which have  any clinical benefit should be prescribed by your dentist and those are fluoride containing mouthwashes to be used in between tooth brushing and mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine which should be used for a short time only , on the advice of a dentist as there is
    a problems with bacteria becoming resisitant
    b increasing problems of people becoming allergic to chlorhexidine , including tragic cases where people have died. 

    For most people mouthwash is a waste of money and can , in fact damage their oral health rather than improve it. 
     Ok that's interesting, So brands like, Listerine or oral b mouthwash, On there products and site says approved by dentist and test show it can do xyz ? So are they false advertising? How is it allowed? 
     
    You mentioned chlorhexidine as be fine use but for short time, what about Colgate peroxyl ? Is that a similar medicated mouthwash ok for limited time?

    This brings me to natural mouthwash, are they just as useless or bad ?
  • brook2jack2brook2jack2 Forumite
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    The simple answer is mouthwash manufacturers are constantly crossing the line with advertising but as it's such a lucrative market it's worth it eg https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/healthcare-beauty-and-baby/asa-raps-listerine-mouthwash-for-claiming-brushing-isnt-enough/343512.article

    Any mouthwash should only be used by dentist recommendation for a short time. Mouthwashes containing hydrogen peroxide may be useful for a particular type of gum problem but again seek a dentist opinion. Any mouthwash use two hours after brushing otherwise you are rinsing fluoride away and most mouthwashes interact with toothpaste stopping either working. 

    "Natural" mouthwashes eg oil pulling ,thymol etc are essentially clinically useless. Tooth brushing, flossing , the use of interdental brushes is essentially all you need for 98% of dental problems. 


  • BiilBiil Forumite
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    That's just mad, don't they get challenged like ? I would thought incurate information or false advertising or people concerns would do them bad, but it seems they have enough substance to help them keep this lucrative market even after reading that link. There's all kind claims out there. 
    But on side note, wouldn't natural based mouthwash do more benefits if any , rather than actual harm ?  
    Lastly aren't alll mouthwash technically same ingredients?
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