Published On: Mon, Nov 26th, 2012

Mouth Washes – Functional Requirements

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Mouth washes are also known as mouth rinses. There are many mouth washes available in the market now like colgate plax, listerine mouth wash etc.

Functions of Mouth Rinses

The important function of the mouth is to freshen the breath and mouth like dentifrice by swishing and swilling the mouth rinse around the mouth. After swilling the product, it has to be spitted out. The freshness can be achieved due to the following factors.

  • The mechanical effect of rinsing clears the debris from the mouth.
  • There will be effect of the flavor used in the preparation of the mouth rinse.
  • There will the effect of any specific agent that is added specially for the intended purpose like anti-bacterial agent etc at the end.

Mouth rinses are the simplest of the dosage forms and it consists of a compatible vehicle for many of the therapeutic agents. They can be formulated easily to produce the required therapeutic effects. Mouth washes are used to get rid of bad breath and freshness in the mouth during intervals of brushing. It is not a substitute for brushing and can act in interval periods of brushing only.

The essential requirement of the mouth rinse is its flavor which has to taste good and encourage its usage.

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