Choosing the Right Mouthwash

Why use mouthwash?

The best way to round out a tooth brushing and flossing session is by swishing out your mouth with some mouthwash. Not only does it kill all the residual bacteria and wash out the smallest food and beverage particles, it also leaves your mouth feeling refreshed and pleasantly tingly.

However, it’s pretty difficult to choose the right mouthwash, especially when you consider the number of mouthwashes currently available on the market. So choosing the right one for you can seem like a huge task!

Types of mouthwash

Generally, mouthwashes fall into one of three categories: Breath freshening, fluoride-containing, and anti-gingivitis.

Breath freshening mouthwashes are the most common, and are usually more readily available than the other two types. While breath freshening mouthwashes can make your breath smell good temporarily, they offer little else when it comes to oral hygiene.

If you don’t have a specific oral health problem and you’re looking for a mouthwash that can generally clean and freshen up your mouth, this is a good choice for you.

Some mouthwashes contain fluoride, which helps strengthen the enamel of your teeth. If you have weak or brittle teeth, this is a good mouthwash to accompany your toothpaste. However, it’s not easy to obtain this type of mouthwash, and you may need a prescription from your dentist before you can purchase one.

Lastly, anti-gingivitis mouthwashes are great for people who suffer from oral health problems such as periodontal disease or cavities. The anti-septic property of this kind of mouthwash helps clean out harmful bacteria from the mouth so that you feel both clean and refreshed after using it. Again, you may need a prescription for this type of mouthwash.

To get the best advice of what kind of mouthwash to use, visit your Arbor View Dentist so you can find out which mouthwash would be the most advantageous for your particular needs.  We’ll make choosing the right mouthwash easy.