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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Mouthwash

01/08/2010

Question:

Dear dentists,

I would like to know if it is not good to gurgel mouthwash everyday. I have read the package insert of throat lozenge for sore throat which contains antiseptic to kill the bacteria. The recommendation in the package insert says that the duration of treatment should not exceed 3-5 days otherwise the antiseptic will destroy the equillibrium in the mouth. Mouthwash contains antiseptic also (Chlorhexidine) and usually we gurgle with mouthwash everyday. Will this cause the same problem too?

Answer:

Gargling with mouthwash every day will not cause any health problems for you. It will not totally destroy any of the bacteria in the mouth. After a short period after the rinse, the bacteria are already multiplying again. If it is chlorhexidine, it can stain your teeth, so improved oral hygiene is a must.

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Response by:

Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University