Which Mouthwash is Best for Me?

Many people rely on mouthwash to relieve bad breath, improve oral health, or wash away particles left over after brushing. We all know the importance of brushing and flossing when we wake up and before we go to bed, but which type of mouthwash will best complement your routine? To answer that question, let’s explore the types of mouthwash available and how they effect your smile.



Fluoride Rinse

Mouthwash brands that include fluoride can help protect your teeth from decay.  Fluoride rinses coat your teeth in a protective layer that helps strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. Fluoride rinses contain about 0.05% of sodium fluoride, which helps prevent cavities. These types of rinses work with your toothpaste to remove bad-breath causing bacteria and strengthen tooth enamel.



For Sensitive Teeth

Many people suffer from temperature sensitivity when they eat or drink. To minimize this discomfort, a desensitizing mouth rinse that contains Arginine can help. Arginine can temporarily seal any exposed dentinal tubules on your teeth that cause the discomfort. For those suffering from sensitive teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist to ensure something more serious isn’t causing the sensitivity.


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Breath Freshening Rinse

Rinses that are solely used for better breath are called cosmetic mouthwashes. These rinses are alcohol-free and contain cetylpyridinium chloride to help temporarily alleviate bad breath. Brush and floss every but still experiencing unpleasant breath? Breath freshening mouth rinses are a great option for those using non-specialty toothpaste, but still desire fresher breath.



Antibacterial Rinse

This type of mouth rinse is helpful for those concerned about bad breath and gum disease. Antibacterial formulas contain thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate, and menthol to combat bad breath, plaque, and gingivitis. Furthermore, antibacterial rinses are available over-the-counter and more concentrated formulas can be prescribed by your dentist.


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Mouthwash is a great addition to your daily oral routine, but should not replace regular brushing and flossing. Have more questions about which mouthwash is best for you? Come see us at TenderCare Dental! Our friendly staff is happy to answer any questions you may have about your daily oral care routine.