Let me start by saying that mouth rinsing is not a substitute for proper oral care (brushing and flossing). The FDA classifies mouth rinses into cosmetic (over the counter), and therapeutic rinse (prescription only).
The cosmetic mouth wash help loosen the plaque attachment to teeth prior to brushing, they also provide a temporary control to the bad breath producing bacteria and give the patient a temporary sense of a refreshed mouth. The dental community and some studies are skeptic about the value and effectiveness of these products. In addition most of these products contain high percentage of alcohol, which is known to cause oral cancer. Although many manufactures have tried hard to advertise their product to consumers, as the solution to all your mouth problems, like the control and prevention of decay, gum tissue inflammation, bad breath, and teeth whitening, etc…
I suggest using these products in moderation, don’t skip or substitute brushing and/or flossing with a mouth rinse. Parents remember to keep them away from the reach of your children under the age of 12. It’s worth noting that, we recommend the use of high fluoride rinse regularly during orthodontic treatment. It’s helpful to look for the ADA stamp of approval on the bottle, prior to purchasing it.
The therapeutic prescription only mouth washes are to be recommended by us (dentists), to our patient for a short term only. They are indicated for a short term use to help treat specific gum tissue situations, prior to implant placement, oral surgery, and post-operatively after gum tissue and oral surgery.