What To Look For In A Mouthwash

 In Oral Hygiene

After you’ve brushed your teeth you may wish to use mouthwash as an additional way to clean your mouth and freshen your breath.  There are a few things you should keep in mind when selecting a mouthwash though, as options can vary significantly.

The most important thing you should look for in a mouthwash is whether or not it works for you.  If you’re happy with what a particular brand of mouthwash is doing for you, then it’s good.  If you aren’t happy, then it’s time for a change.  Luckily there are plenty of options available to consumers, so you don’t have to stick with one forever.

A good mouthwash will help you with bad breath.  That goes without saying.  Mouthwash should clean your breath and keep it smelling clean for at least a few hours.  However, some cosmetic brands of toothpaste that focus on this facet don’t have as much bacteria fighting power that some other options do.  This option might be good for those individuals who already take good care of their teeth, and are just looking for that “ahhhh” clean feeling.

A good mouthwash will also clean your mouth, as opposed to just making it smell good.  Antiseptic varieties kill bacteria, though shouldn’t be used as an alternative to brushing.  They can come in a range of strengths, which is why it is important to use the one that is right for you.  Some may be too strong while others not strong enough.  Additionally, be aware of the alcohol content with certain mouthwashes as that may be a determining factor for you.

Lastly, you should consider the fluoride content in mouthwash.  While fluoride is important for a child’s teeth, fluoridated mouthwashes are still not recommended for anyone under the age of 15.  The fluoride they need in their daily lives can still be attained through drinking water and toothpaste.  For adults, fluoridated mouthwash may be a great way to strengthen teeth, giving them that little extra boost.

If you are ready to begin a mouthwash regiment, you should consult your dentist first.   He/she can review your personal dental history and make recommendations based on what is best for you.

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