Choosing a Mouthwash That’s Right for You


Rinsing is often the follow-up routine after brushing and flossing. Importantly, not all mouth rinses are created equal. In fact, some brands do nothing more than freshen your breath. Depending on your needs and what your family dentist recommends, be selective when choosing a mouthwash. Carefully read the label to be sure what the product does and does not do.

If You Just Want to Eliminate Bad Breath

If popping in a breath mint does little to alleviate your bad breath, then opt for a breath-freshening oral rinse. Read the label and be sure the product contains zinc and chlorine as the primary ingredients. These compounds are known for disrupting bacteria that produces the Sulphur that leads to foul breath.

If You Have Gum Disease

If you’re prone to gum disease, choose an antibacterial formula. Look for ingredients like eucalyptol, methyl salicylate, and thymol. These ingredients help fight plaque and can reduce the bacteria in your mouth by up to 75%. Be sure the product displays the official American Dental Association seal of approval.

For the Cavity-Prone

Some experts recommend fluoridated mouth rinse for those prone to cavities. However, since fluoride is found in tap water and most toothpaste, it isn’t necessary to also have it in your rinse. Some dentists, though, do recommend fluoridated mouthwash for those who suffer from xerostomia, a condition that causes excessive dryness in the mouth. Those with this condition are also advised to avoid mouthwashes containing alcohol, which can exacerbate the dryness.

Get Feedback From Your Dentist

Your dentist can make a recommendation based on your overall oral health. A prescription mouthwash may be recommended if you have gingivitis or serious periodontal disease. If you wear braces, your orthodontist may also prescribe a specific formula. In any case, contact Kenmore Dental. We provide general care for the whole family as well as cosmetic dentistry. We can also help you choose a mouthwash if you’re looking to improve your oral hygiene practice at home.

Edited by Justin Vorhees