Depending on the active ingredients they contain different types of
mouth rinse can be used to prevent dental caries, periodontal disease or
reduce tooth sensitivity.
Fluoride mouth rinse
Most of the fluoride mouthrinse on the market contains 0.05% Sodium
Fluoride (NaF), which provides extra fluoride to the people who need it.
Using it once daily will give additional protection against dental
Anti-plaque mouth rinse
It inhibits plaque accumulation, thus reducing the chance of gingivitis
(inflammation of the gums). The active ingredients include Triclosan,
Thymol, Cetylpyridinium Chloride (CPC), etc. However, none of them have
been proven to be very effective in preventing periodontal disease.
Plaque-control mouth rinse
Chlorhexidine Gluconate has been proven to have an antimicrobial effect,
hence the prevention of periodontal disease. However, long term use of
Chlorhexidine will stain the teeth, alter the taste sensation and may
cause recurrent ulceration of the oral mucosa.
Desensitizing mouth rinse
This kind of mouthrinse contains active ingredients such as Potassium
Nitrate which seals the dentinal tubules at the sensitive site, thus
reduces tooth sensitivity. However, desensitizing mouthrinse is not
intended for long term use. You should always consult your dentist
whether you need the desensitizing mouthrinse and follow his instruction
on how to use it.