There are various types of mouthwashes and rinses on the market; and understanding the differences will help in selecting the right rinse to use.
Types of Rinses
Mouthwashes freshen your breath and help wash away food particles, but they are not a replacement for a regular routine of brushing twice-daily and flossing daily. Most standard over-the-counter mouthwashes contain breath-freshening ingredients but do not contain fluoride unless the label says otherwise.
A fluoride mouth rinse works by protecting your teeth from acids produced by bacterial plaque. The fluoride in a fluoride rinse integrates itself into the enamel coating of your teeth to help protect against cavities. This is not a substitute for brushing twice-daily and flossing daily.
Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse
Chlorhexidine gluconate rinses are highly-effective prescription treatments commonly marketed in formulations containing 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate, with 11.6% alcohol. An alcohol-free formula has been introduced in the United States that is reportedly as effective as formulas with alcohol. Chlorhexidine rinses are indicated for use between dental visits as part of a professional program for the treatment of gingivitis and are generally considered the gold standard for therapeutic rinses.
What is the Best Mouthwash for you?
Adding a mouthwash or rinse to your oral care routine helps to freshen breath and improve the health of your mouth. It’s important to understand what options are available to you and what to consider when choosing a mouthwash or rinse. Here are some factors to take into consideration:
Alcohol – yes or no?
Alcohol is found in many mouthwashes and rinses on the market. If you have young children, teens, or are a recovering alcoholic, you may want to choose an alcohol-free mouthwash product to avoid any problems.
For those who suffer from tooth sensitivity or are recovering from a dental procedure, you may find the ingredients in mouthwash irritating. Consider trying an alcohol-free mouthwash, which contains ingredients that are soothing and gentle on your teeth and gums.
Some dental rinses contain anti-plaque ingredients, which not only help control bad breath but also help to prevent plaque buildup on the teeth.