Skip: Mouthwashes Containing Alcohol
For thousands of years mouth rinsing has been used as a way to treat gingivitis. Archeologists have unearthed proof of primitive mouth rinsing aids dating back to 2700 BC and variations of mouthwash including ingredients such as betel leaves, dill and myrrh dissolved in white wine.
According to Wikipedia.com, advancements in the 17th century helped lay the foundation for today's products. Scientist Anton van Leeuwenhoek discovered that dental plaque was comprised of living organisms and brandy and vinegar immediately killed the critters. Then, 100 years later Royal Dental College (Aarhus, Denmark) professor Harald Loe proved that chlorhexidine could be used to reduce plaque (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouthwash). After that discovery, Germans created the first commercially produced antiseptic mouthwash. Contemporary recipes started to evolve courtesy of the creation of Listerine in the late 19th century.
Eventually, Listerine evolved from being a surgical antiseptic and to a cure for bad breath. Now, there is a complete range of over-the-counter mouthwashes touted as being a must have halitosis killer, but the reality is the devices with alcohol can actually make the matters worse and cause other dental problems.
Some dental experts suggest that the alcohol in a mouthwash will provide fresh and minty breath for about an hour, but after that, the ingredient will prompt dry mouth and make bad breath come back even stronger. Additionally, because of the strong alcohol content in the products, individuals can fail breathalyzer tests, alcoholics can abuse the substance and some studies have found their may be a connection between the product and some oral cancers (McCullough, Michael; C. S. Farah (December 2008). "The role of alcohol in oral carcinogenesis with particular reference to alcohol-containing mouthwashes". Australian Dental Journal 53 (4): 302â€“305. doi:10.1111/j.1834-7819.2008.00070.x. PMID 19133944).
Individuals looking for a way to freshen their breath, minimize any risks associated with alcohol mouth rinses and to save money are advised to practice daily oral hygiene behaviors while paying special attention to brushing the tongue to remove odor-causing germs and bacteria. Other fresh breath tips include smoking cessation, drinking clean fresh water to keep the mouth hydrated and finding natural halitosis cures from the kitchen cabinet.
Skip: Dental Insurance
Estimates suggest that 45 million Americans have no type of dental insurance and other studies have indicated that a lack of that dental coverage is a major factor preventing consumers from seeking dental care. New research has indicated that individual dental insurance should not be such an important factor as the cost benefits of the type of dental coverage may not be worth the money.
For individuals lucky enough to receive complimentary dental coverage as a work benefit from an employer, dental insurance may have perks. But, patients who have the responsibility of paying for the dental coverage themselves may be better off applying those funds directly to out-of-pocket dental care as the premiums can cost hundreds of dollars per month and that expense may simply balance out the amount of coverage paid by a provider.
Until recently, the typical dental insurance plan would provide around $1,000 or $1,500 of annual coverage reimbursement. However, now some dental treatments such as dental implants and crowns cost about the same amount. Unfortunately insurance coverage limits have not been adjusted to reflect industry inflation.
Instead, individuals who follow a strict oral hygiene schedule should save the premium payments and all the money from skipping sanitizers and mouthwash and invest that money into professionally provided preventative dentistry. Estimates suggest that for every $1 spent on preventative dental care can result in savings of $8 to $50 on restorative dental care. Individuals looking to find a dentist to embark on a smarter way to spend money on dental care can contact 1-800-DENTIST and get a dentist referral now.