When you think of mouthwash or an oral rinse, you might imagine blue clear liquid in a clear bottle that burns your nose hair, and tongue when you swish it around your mouth. Maybe using mouthwash was a traumatic experience when you were a child, but that is now a thing of the past. Times have changed and oral rinse has evolved so everyone can find something that fits their needs.
If you’re wondering whether it is necessary to use mouthwash, we can assure you it is (as long as you use the right kind). Your oral health is elevated by adding oral rinse to your daily oral health routine.
Pros and Cons of Mouthwash
The benefits of your mouthwash will vary based on if you are using it for therapeutic or cosmetic reasons. Cosmetic use of mouthwash focuses on improving the smell of breath or whitening the teeth, while therapeutic mouthwash offers more defense for your oral health and is typically more concentrated.
Mouthwash does more than make your mouth tingle when you swish it around, though. It is an additional line of defense to kill bacteria, fight gum disease, strengthen teeth, prevent and heal mouth sores, and get rid of loose particles in hard-to-reach places.
As with any product, there are some hazards that you should be made aware of when using mouthwash. After rinsing, it should be spat out immediately and not swallowed. It is advised that children under the age of six should not use mouthwash. You may experience dry mouth if used excessively depending on the alcohol percentage. It may also conceal serious oral issues, such as halitosis – so consult your dentist before use.
What Is The Best Mouthwash?
The answer to this question is not so simple. There are many reasons why a particular mouthwash may be right for you but not for someone else. The good news is with so many options available to choose from you will certainly find what type is best for you.
So, how do you choose? There are a few things to consider when choosing your new oral rinse.
- Tooth Sensitivity.
- Gum Issues or Diseases
- American Dental Association Approval
In addition, there are certain essential ingredients that you should make sure are included on the back of the mouthwash bottle.
- Fluoride – helps with building your tooth enamel, chlorhexidine assists with bad breath and bacteria control
- Cetylpyridinium chloride – reduces plaque and controls gingivitis
- Essential oils such as thyme, menthol, and eucalyptus – have antifungal properties
- Carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide – helps whiten your teeth.
Our Top Picks
We have a few choices that stand up to the competition!
- CloSYS Ultra-Sensitive Mouthwash is safe for people experiencing weak enamel, sores, and sensitive gums
- ACT Total Care Anticavity Mouthwash promotes overall oral health, contains fluoride, and offers alcohol-free and alcohol-based options
- Listerine is cost-effective, reduces plaque, and fights gingivitis, receding gums, and bad breath
Now You Know
Though there is no one size fits all option when choosing your mouthwash, the options are plentiful. With any of these options, though, we want to consult with you beforehand. Not all mouthwashes will fit your specific needs, and your dentist will need to be a part of the conversation. If you are having a hard time deciding what option might be best for you contact us today or consult your dentist at your next appointment.