Mouthwashes have become a more integral part of oral hygiene than ever before. However, as the popularity of mouthwash increases, so does the number of varieties that appear on the shelf. In fact, it would be understandable to be intimidated by the sheer number available now. To help you choose well—and to help you choose the mouthwash that is best for you smile—we are happy to list a few of the most common types of mouthwash available.
Antimicrobials: These mouthwashes fight the bacteria that lead to bad breath, plaque, and gum disease. Some mouthwashes contain chlorhexidine and are designed specifically for controlling gum disease, but should not be used long term. Typically, you should not use a mouthwash with chlorhexidine for more than 3-4 months. Please be warned, these mouthwashes may stain your teeth, but a dentist can deal with these problems easily.
Whiteners: Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and a beautiful smile can make a great first impression. Fortunately, some mouthwashes contain whitening agents, like peroxide. These whiteners are useful for removing stains from your teeth and for helping you achieve the attractive, radiant smile you deserve. These mouthwashes work best when combined with thorough brushing and flossing.
Fluoride: Some mouthwashes are made with fluoride, which makes them useful for preventing tooth decay and for strengthening enamel. If you decide to use a mouthwash with fluoride, we recommend brushing and rinsing at different times of the day—especially if you use fluoride toothpaste. This will let you get the most out of your mouthwash’s cavity-fighting benefits.
If you have any other questions about the benefits of mouthwash—or about how you can make the best choice possible for your family—please feel free to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you!