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Mouth Wash - Why Is It Necessary?

Dr. Bijut Hazarika 89% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Medicine
General Physician, Guwahati
Mouth Wash - Why Is It Necessary?

Who doesn’t love the smell and the freshness of a mouth wash splashing across their oral cavities?

Many agree that the first thing that comes to their mind when they want to eliminate bad breath is to use a good mouth wash. Moreover, mouth wash has moved over to other realms and is now actively fighting gum and tooth problems along with its elder cousin, toothpaste. However, there exists some scepticism that prolonged usage of mouth wash may not be good for your health. Let us have a look at some definitions in detail.

Can mouth wash reduce bad breath?

Yes, a mouth wash can temporarily restrict bad breath, but it is never a permanent solution. A good oral hygiene comes from regular brushing and flossing practice and these are still the best ways to curb bad breath from its root. Mouth rinses are used for a variety of reasons, to freshen up breath, to help prevent or control tooth decay, and to reduce plaque.

Is it necessary to use mouth wash?

A mouth wash is not mandatory to give a good oral health. An effective routine of brushing and flossing your teeth is enough to take care of good oral hygiene. Mouth wash is like an add-on to your oral care regime and is definitely not an alternative for brushing and flossing.

Advantages of using a mouth wash - 

A mouth wash can easily go into places between your teeth and gums and can help remove food particles that might have got missed when you brushed. It can be used to kill bad odour of your mouth temporarily and can freshen up your breath. In some cases, a mouth wash may be recommended to treat infection, reduce inflammation and relieve pain

Disadvantages of using a mouth wash - 

Most of the mouth wash contains a high amount of alcohol content in them and their prolonged use is not safe for your mouth. In some cases, alcohol causes sensitivity to the root surface of your teeth and this may lead to an adverse effect on the senses of your teeth. Mouth wash is strictly meant for spitting and accidental consumption may not be good for your health.

They actually contain products that can be very harmful if taken in large amounts. It is generally not advised for children and even adults can limit their usage to twice a day. Always check with your dentist before you take up and use a mouth wash. It is also best if you can opt for a homemade mouth wash that has natural ingredients in them for taking care of your bad breath.

 

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HAIR WASH AND CARE.

Dr. Elizabeth 92% (3793 ratings)
MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Pathanamthitta
HAIR WASH AND CARE.
1. Massage scalp thoroughly twice a week to enhance root microcirculation.
2. Wash scalp thrice a week.
3. Use mild shampoos or washing agents.
4. Dont comb wet hair.
5. Dont tie up wet hair.
6. Let hair dry naturally.
7. Avoid use of hair dryers and blow dryers.
8. Dry hair and detangle with a wide toothed comb.
9. Trim hair regularly to get rid of split ends.
10. Dont tie up hair too tightly.
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Which Face Wash Should I Use?

Dr. Rajan 87% (32 ratings)
MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Which Face Wash Should I Use?

This is a common question asked by people suffering from pimples.

  • For someone who is prone to pimples or who has just finished treatment it is important to use specific face washes as a preventive factor. A number of articles are written on the subject and several face washes and anti-acne bars are promoted by the media as well as the medical profession for treating acne/pimples.
  • For a person who is under medication for pimples would use tablets, creams and gels to keep the skin dry and prevent pimples. So face washes containing drying agents like Salicylic acid or glycolic acid will be beneficial as it would support the treatment. Do not use face washes or soaps containing moisturising substances and glycerine as they would add more oil to the skin.
  • After treatment of pimples is over from the doctor, it is better to continue using the drying face washes so that pimple causing bacteria do not accumulate on the skin.
  • For people who would not want to spend much on costly facewashes for a long period, using any non-moisturising soap will also do. This is because the substances contained in soaps/bars/gels/face washes etc. remain in contact for not more than 15-20 seconds on the skin.
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Soap Vs Hand Wash- What Should You Wash Your Hands with?

Dr. Rohit Batra 89% (250 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
Soap Vs Hand Wash- What Should You Wash Your Hands with?

Soap vs hand wash- what should you wash your hands with?

You might be using both - soaps and hand washes, without understanding what is better for your hands. But you may still not be sure as to what to use for washing your hands. Here's a lowdown on these two.

1. Moisturising aspect

Bar soaps not only wash away dirt but also reduce the moisture content of your skin. Soaps that act as deodorants strip away important oils, giving rise to instances of skin irritation. Furthermore, most bar soaps tend to have higher ph levels with very few on the lower side. Liquid soaps or hand washes, on the other hand, come with moisturisers that prevent your skin from becoming very oily or dry.

2. Presence of bacteria

Due to its reusable nature, bar soaps may be home to a number of bacteria. But since the organisms get rinsed off with the suds, it is improbable that bacteria will get transferred to your hands. The pump or squeeze mechanisms of hand washes reduce the chances of you coming in contact with bacteria.


3. Exercise of control in its use

With bar soaps, you tend to waste less as you stop applying soap on your body once you see lather forming. This does not happen with hand washes, the latter gets used a lot as you may not know the right amount of use, and end up squeezing out more than the you need.

Whether you prefer to use soaps or hand washes, it's a matter of personal choice. Depending on your needs, you can opt for either of the two.

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I am losing hairs. And when I wash them its even more. Please tell me any solution.

Dr. Raj Bonde 93% (49709 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Aurangabad
I am losing hairs. And when I wash them its even more. Please tell me any solution.
Hello. Hair problem is common now a days. Due to stress and busy life. Take full sleep. Drink planty water. Have fruits. Take. Acid hydrofluoric 30.2 tds x 30 days. And revert. Use arnica mon q 30 ml + your oil 100 ml mix. Twice a week at night and wash
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Hi. Please suggest. In morning powder or paste which is well to get mouth wash? I want to know and which brand?

Dr. Navdeep Singh Khurana 86% (30 ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Amritsar
Hi. Please suggest. In morning powder or paste which is well  to get mouth wash? I want to know and which brand?
Paste is definitely better than powder as tooth powder is more abrasive and will abrade the teeth. Use mouth wash half an hour after brushing. Clohex ADS is good.
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Hie my age is 19 years I feel my face after washing look yellowish. I used gram flour and then face wash to wash it. Wht could be the reason.

Dt. Amar Singh 91% (10462 ratings)
B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, Nutrition Certification,Registered Dietitian
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Hie my age is 19 years I feel my face after washing look yellowish. I used gram flour and then face wash to wash it. ...
Using gramflour on regular bases bleaches your skin. There is nothing to worry about. Gramflour is a very safe home remedy for good skin.
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Anti-bacterial Hand Wash VS Soap - Which Is Better?

Dr. Akhilesh Singh 85% (79 ratings)
CCEBDM - Diabetology & CCMH Cardiology, CCDM & CCCE, MHA, Post Graduate Course In Diabetology, Diabetes Care P
General Physician, Satna
Anti-bacterial Hand Wash VS Soap - Which Is Better?

It has been observed that roughly 3 out of 4 antibacterial bars and soaps contain triclosan which is a certain type of drug previously used in hospital premises. The usage of triclosan in other products like hand wash and gels is yet to be verified and proven safe. Due to lack of proper evaluation there have been a number of instances where antibacterial soap has done more harm than good.

Here are a few reasons why you must reconsider using antibacterial soap:

1.  It creates bacterial resistance
Triclosan is closely associated with a number of health issues, bacterial resistance being the chief among them. Repeated usage of antibacterial soap can promote the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria. It might effectively terminate regular bacteria but it is basically useless against the resistant bacteria. The bacteria resistant formula present in these hand washes might cause complications in the long run.

2.  It can potentially disrupt endocrine functions
Triclosan has a close resemblance to the thyroid hormone and hence can tip off its receptor sites. This occurrence can lead to major complications like artificially induced early puberty, fertility issues, obesity and sometimes even cancer. Hence it can be said that antibacterial soaps should be avoided in order to prevent such far reaching side effects.

3.   It can cause serious health problems in children
Triclosan present in certain hand wash can adversely affect the development of the immune system in children. At a growing age, children develop natural resistance to certain diseases. Prolonged use of antibacterial hand wash and soap can diminish their exposure to bacteria and obstruct the proper development of their immune system. Therefore it is safer to use normal soaps instead which are as effective and do not contain triclosan.

4.  It is extremely harmful for the environment
Prolonged and regular usage of hand wash containing triclosan would in turn increase the amount of this drug that gets flushed through the drainage. Triclosan is generally left untreated in the sewage treatment plants which later enters the water bodies and disrupts the food chain since it primarily affects the growth of algae.
 

Which Is Better - Soap Or Hand Wash!

Dr. (Col.)Anil Goyal 91% (621 ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Which Is Better - Soap Or Hand Wash!

Soap vs hand wash- what should you wash your hands with?

You might be using both - soaps and hand washes, without understanding what is better for your hands. But you may still not be sure as to what to use for washing your hands. Here's a lowdown on these two.

1. Moisturising aspect

Bar soaps not only wash away dirt but also reduce the moisture content of your skin. Soaps that act as deodorants strip away important oils, giving rise to instances of skin irritation. Furthermore, most bar soaps tend to have higher ph levels with very few on the lower side. Liquid soaps or hand washes, on the other hand, come with moisturisers that prevent your skin from becoming very oily or dry.

2. Presence of bacteria

Due to its reusable nature, bar soaps may be home to a number of bacteria. But since the organisms get rinsed off with the suds, it is improbable that bacteria will get transferred to your hands. The pump or squeeze mechanisms of hand washes reduce the chances of you coming in contact with bacteria.


3. Exercise of control in its use

With bar soaps, you tend to waste less as you stop applying soap on your body once you see lather forming. This does not happen with hand washes, the latter gets used a lot as you may not know the right amount of use, and end up squeezing out more than the you need.

Whether you prefer to use soaps or hand washes, it's a matter of personal choice. Depending on your needs, you can opt for either of the two. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

 

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My face was damaged by using the face wash. Tell me how to use such washes or any alternative methods for it.

Dr. Swapan Debnath 90% (7301 ratings)
B.Sc(hons), Physics, B.H.M.S., PGDIT (software Engg)
Homeopath, Delhi
My face was damaged by using the face wash. Tell me how to use such washes or any alternative methods for it.
wait body will recover. use below Medicine German reckeweg carbo veg 200, single dose (4-5 drops in mouth) morning. buy medicine from good homoeopathic shop. food green coconut daily for 3 weeks mixed fruit juice daily evening. please continue treatment.
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