Should you use Mouthwash?

There are a plethora of ads and TV commercials that depict an individual using a mouthwash and enjoying the benefits of a fresh mouth. But is that an accurate depiction of what a mouthwash really does?

Combine it with Brushing and Flossing

Mouthwash is not going to do much benefit if it is the only thing you use for oral care. In fact, you will develop many issues without the aid of flossing and brushing. On the other hand, when used together with these, mouthwash or mouth rinse can help you reach places you cannot with a brush.

What Type do you need?

There are two kinds of mouth rinse, each with a different goal.

  • Cosmetic: This is mainly to leave you feeling and smelling fresh and clean, but temporarily. As you may know, unless you kill the bacteria causing bad breath, you will not have lasting fresh breath. These are always available in stores.
  • Therapeutic: A therapeutic mouth rinse is going to produce more lasting effects. It can be available over the counter or by prescription. Depending on the ingredients, it may also be available in store. The lasting effects are due to such active ingredients as:


-Essential oils



-cetylpyridinium chloride

Chlorhexidine has strong antimicrobial properties to help with plaque and gingivitis. Essential oils help control these issues as well. If you see fluoride as the active ingredient, it is helpful in preventing decay or cavities, while peroxide has whitening properties.

If you are still unsure as to what type of mouth rinse you need, consider asking your dentist. As always, remember to follow the instructions on the mouthwash for optimum benefits!


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