Definition : Solutions with a composition appropriate to rinse and refresh the mouth. These solutions usually include several components, using ethanol as a solvent, that provide a refreshing feeling and help prevent bad breath (halitosis). Mouthwash is usually used to rinse the mouth after brushing and/or flossing; most mouthwash solutions include active ingredients to inhibit or kill microorganisms (antiseptics), helping to control tooth decay and gingivitis. Other dedicated mouthwash solutions use zinc to prevent halitosis and/or fluorides to prevent tooth decay.
UMDC code : 23918