Types of Mouthwash – Which One Is Best to Use?

There are many types of mouthwash, but which one should you use? The right type for you depends on your oral health concerns, and what you expect it to do for you.

In this article, we’ll cover the different types of mouthwash and the benefits of each. 

The first type is completely natural and contains only natural ingredients, which prevent plaque from forming on your teeth. It is also ideal for people who have sensitive teeth, as it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals. Some of these products contain tea tree oil, which is a powerful antiseptic and antibacterial agent. It has been proven to be effective in combating oral infection when diluted in water.

Depending on your needs, mouthwash can be helpful additions to your oral hygiene routine.

Therapeutic mouthwashes are designed to kill bacteria and reduce plaque, gingivitis, and cavities. Most of the popular brands of mouthwash also have fluoride, which is helpful to strengthen teeth.

Cosmetic mouthwashes are only designed to reduce bad breath and temporarily control minor gingivitis. They do not reduce the risk of cavities or gum disease. 

Almost all over-the-counter products contain artificial food dyes. Cool Mint Listerine contains Green 3 dye, which has been linked to bladder cancer. Original Scope, on the other hand, contains Yellow 5, which is made from coal tar. Some of the more expensive brands designed for teeth whitening contain active ingredients, such as hydrogen peroxide. These products usually take several weeks to show results; however, they have no effect as strong as a professional whitening procedure at your dentist’s office.

Saltwater is a healing and therapeutic mouthwash without fluoride or alcohol and can even be easily made at home by mixing a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water. This type is recommended for preventing or soothing infections, while saltwater mouthwash is also effective for fighting bad breath.

A mouthwash with alcohol-free ingredients is a good choice for those with chronically dry mouths. Listed below are the different types of these products. And as with any product, it is important to try different brands to know which one works best for you.

Aside from the two most common types, there are several different kinds of specially formulated mouthwash containing xylitol, or enzymes that are both effective for dry mouth. 

If your primary concern is to kill germs and prevent plaque build-up, you might consider a brand like Cepacol which contains the active ingredient Cetylpyridinium Chloride. This is an extremely effective antiseptic with a powerful ability to break down plaque. For instance, some products are made to control bad breath and will help you keep your mouth healthy and fresh. There are also some that are therapeutic. Some of them are prescription-only, while others are available over the counter. If you are concerned about your oral health, consider using a therapeutic product.

A total care mouthwash is a great all-around choice. It helps whiten teeth and freshen breath and kills germs that cause gingivitis. It’s a great option for those who have multiple oral health concerns. You can choose a combination of the two to find the right one for you. You can also use them in conjunction with a whitening agent.

Types of Mouthwash


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