Which Mouthwash is Best?

Have you been on the dental product aisle at the store lately? Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash takes up the entire aisle. There are seemingly hundreds of products to choose from. A dentist or hygienist may have told you, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste, and whichever floss you prefer. But what about mouthwash? Which one is right for you?

The best mouthwash depends upon what you want it to accomplish. Some deter gum disease, others deter tooth decay, and most also freshen breath. Here are a few points to consider the next time you purchase mouth wash:

  • Gum disease fighting mouthwash has an anti-bacterial ingredient that battles plaque.
  • Cavity fighting mouthwash contains fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral that attracts other minerals to strengthen tooth enamel.
  • Mouth rinses that contain alcohol aren’t a good choice for children under 6 years of age or recovering alcoholics. Some mouthwashes contain up to 75 percent alcohol.
  • Nursing and pregnant mothers should avoid mouthwash.
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash for 30 seconds, then spit it out. Avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes afterward.
  • Mouthwashes with chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride can cause teeth stains.

For more dental hygiene tips, schedule a checkup and cleaning with Dr. James Fondriest at Lake Forest Dental Arts. Call 847-234-0517 today to reserve your visit.

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