• Nitten Gokhaley

Here’s how mouthwash can soothe tooth pain

Colgate Plax mouthwash considerably reduced tingling sensation and pain in my premolar.

It won’t be wrong to suggest 2020 has been the most challenging year for almost everyone. I had to deal with my own set, including financial and professional ones. To make matters worse, dental health issues made me quite uncomfortable. With cavities on two teeth (one on each side), the pain often turned unbearable.

Dental offices remained closed due to the increasing number of coronavirus patients in Pune. I was forced to opt for Combiflam, as I took the most challenging call and decided to opt for a root canal only in the first week of 2021.

I realized the pain intensity increased after a meal or cup of tea, possibly due to particles left in cavities. Thus, I thought mouthwash could help ensure the two holes remain free from debris.

Like most dental care products, Colgate claims their Plax mouthwash can remove germs, prevent plaque buildup, and get rid of bad breath. The list of ingredients consists of Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Fluoride, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Poloxamer 407, Glycerin, and Sodium Saccharine. The solution is alcohol-free but not recommended for kids below the age of six. The product is made in Thailand and imported in India by Colgate Palmolive India.

I was not expecting much, but the results after first use validated the company’s claims about their product. Rinsing with mouthwash twice a day considerably reduced tingling sensation and pain in my premolar.

Later, a little bit of online research pointed out that there are several studies highlighting the benefits of mouthwash against oral microorganisms. Most reviews suggest people use it for fresh breath.

What’s more surprising is that Colgate offers a cute 60 ML bottle for Rs 30. The bottle must be a part of every dental emergency kit.

(Note: The post is concerning my experience. Mouthwash cannot be a permanent solution. Thus, it is best to visit the nearest dental office in case of toothache)