Mouthwash

  • 5 Replies
  • 3722 Views

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

*

paul.fr

  • Guest
Mouthwash
« on: 28/03/2007 05:17:56 »
Apart from giving you nice, mainly minty, fresh breath. Does it clean plaque or kill germs and if it does how effective is it?

*

another_someone

  • Guest
Mouthwash
« Reply #1 on: 28/03/2007 05:21:25 »
As far as I can tell, mouthwashes contain antiseptics (such as hypochlorites and alcohol - so beware if you get breathalised afterwards).

*

paul.fr

  • Guest
Mouthwash
« Reply #2 on: 28/03/2007 06:40:32 »
As far as I can tell, mouthwashes contain antiseptics (such as hypochlorites and alcohol - so beware if you get breathalised afterwards).

oh yes. i remember one of the kitchen sciences did such a thing with an Australian backpacker.

*

Offline chris

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • 5392
  • The Naked Scientist
    • View Profile
    • The Naked Scientists
Mouthwash
« Reply #3 on: 28/03/2007 09:14:04 »
The most common reason people give for using mouthwash is to freshen breath. Adverts on the bottle claim to kill bugs in the mouth. But most of these mouthwashes are based on alcohol formulations and whilst they will kill some bugs they also have a temporary drying effect on the mouth, which can make halitosis worse because the causative bacteria can rebound in number very rapidly.

Chris
I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception - Groucho Marx

*

paul.fr

  • Guest
Mouthwash
« Reply #4 on: 28/03/2007 09:51:25 »
The most common reason people give for using mouthwash is to freshen breath. Adverts on the bottle claim to kill bugs in the mouth. But most of these mouthwashes are based on alcohol formulations and whilst they will kill some bugs they also have a temporary drying effect on the mouth, which can make halitosis worse because the causative bacteria can rebound in number very rapidly.

Chris

Would that be the same for the antiseptic mouthwash also, Chris?

*

Offline chris

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • 5392
  • The Naked Scientist
    • View Profile
    • The Naked Scientists
Mouthwash
« Reply #5 on: 29/03/2007 01:13:47 »
Often yes; alcohol is an antiseptic, so check what you're buying!
I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception - Groucho Marx