All mouthrinses contain active ingredients designed to perform a particular function, the most common example being fluoride to strengthen enamel and protect against decay. In terms of gum health, there are a couple of option to consider.
Antiseptics – as the name suggestions there mouthrinse help to control bacteria in the mouth, thereby reducing production of the toxins that attack the gums.
It is important to say that contrary to some of the advertising out the mouthrinses containing chlorhexidine at concentrations greater than 0.05% should not be used for more than 2 weeks unless advised to do so by your dentist. These mouthrinse are overly aggressive, kill all bacteria (including the good guys) and can lead to unsightly staining.
We would therefore recommend instead a more general approach such as VITIS Gingival, which is designed to promote healthy gums.
Therapeutics – on the basis that we all have bacteria in our mouths but only a proportion of the population have on-going gum disease it is now widely accepted by dental professionals that it is in fact the response of the host i.e. you, to the presence of bacteria is what’s important.
The science behind it:
A new, more sophisticated range of products are now available that enhance the gums ability to defend itself, reducing inflammation and protecting the mucous from further attack.
The most widely recognise product of its type is Gengigel which contains hyaluronic acid, a compound shown to be highly effective in managing a wide range of intra-oral inflammatory conditions, everything from recur ulcers to post-operative trauma.