Anti-plaque, anti-gingivitis, alcohol-free – you stroll down an aisle filled with companies doing their best to persuade you with bold claims.
When choosing a mouthwash, many are confused by all of the marketing schemes that companies use. Simply choosing which rinse has the best selling pitch can leave you with an under-producing mouthwash. The best option is to talk with your dentist and get their suggestion on which products would be most useful for you. For your convenience, we have made a quick reference to narrow your search for a mouthwash.
Stronger is not always better.
When making the decision, one thing to consider is the strength of the mouthwash. Unlike other products, stronger is not always better. Rinses that are marketed as tough are often filled with alcohol. This can dry your mouth out and result in worse smelling breath. If you are judging the quality of the mouth rinse by what the label says, you may end up with worst smelling breath.
The ADA seal of approval is the one that you should choose.
The accreditation of the American Dental Association is a good indication that the rinse is high quality. For a product to receive this label, the organization feels that the product is safe and effective for use.
Fluoride is not always required
A common misconception is that a mouthwash must have fluoride in it to provide an effective cleaning. Most toothpastes have enough fluoride in them to provide protection for your teeth. However, it does not hurt to have it. For those that are cavity prone, it is good to use a mouthwash with fluoride.
NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR BRUSHING AND FLOSSING
If you are looking for a mouthwash that you can use on the go to save time from brushing and flossing, reconsider. Many mouthwashes are made to just eliminate bad breath. Also, your teeth may be lacking fluoride if no toothpaste is being used.
Following these guidelines will allow you get your dental hygiene right. However, we do emphasize that a consultation with a dentist will provide you with individualized guidance on what products you should be using.