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mouthwash

 
a solution for rinsing the mouth.

mouth·wash

(mowth'wash),
A medicated liquid used for cleaning the mouth and treating diseased states of its mucous membranes.
Synonym(s): collutorium, collutory

mouthwash

/mouth·wash/ (mouth´wosh) a solution for rinsing the mouth.

mouthwash

(mouth′wŏsh′, -wôsh′)
n.
A flavored, usually antiseptic solution used for cleaning the mouth and freshening the breath.

mouthwash

[mouth′wôsh]
a medicated liquid used for cleaning the oral cavity and treating mucous membranes of the mouth. Many over-the-counter mouthwashes contain alcohol, which may contribute to surface softening and increased wear of dental resins and composite materials. See also mouth rinse.

mouth·wash

(mowth'wawsh)
A medicated liquid used for cleaning the mouth and treating disorders of the oral mucosa; also called mouthrinse.

mouth·wash

(mowth'wawsh)
Medicated liquid used to clean oral cavity and treat disorders of oral mucosa. Also called mouth rinse.

mouthwash,

n a mouth rinse possessing cleansing, germicidal, or palliative properties. Only some are approved by the ADA for treatment of gingivitis.
mouthwash, alcohol in,
n a key ingredient in commercial oral rinses; helps oil-based ingredients blend into product. Typically constitutes from 15% to 30% of the solution. Serves to decrease surface tension while increasing the rinse's astringent properties. May be drying to the oral mucosa.
mouthwash, deodorants in,
n a number of active ingredients including chlorophyll; added to oral rinses to decrease unpleasant smells that are the result of unbrushed teeth.
mouthwash, flavoring agents in,
n an additive in oral rinses designed to enhance the product's taste. Agents are typically derived from aromatic waters and essential oils.
mouthwash, sodium benzoate,
n a solution used prior to brushing teeth for the purpose of freshening the mouth. Long-term studies have not proved this to be effective in reducing gingivitis.