You know that mouthwash will help with bad breath, but what you may not realize is that there are also therapeutic rinses that will do so much more. While nothing replaces regular brushing and flossing, there are many new products that are intended to address specific oral health concerns. If you are wanting to add mouthwash to your daily routine, it’s important to know which one to choose that suits your current needs.

Choosing the mouthwash that’s right for you

When it comes to selecting the product that’s right for you, consider your oral health needs. If you are just looking for something to fight bacteria that cause bad breath or gingivitis, there are many options that will do that, but keep in mind these are just helping temporarily. If you are concerned with surface stains due to smoking, or drinking coffee or wine for example, look for a whitening mouthwash. Then there are some that have active ingredients that provide fluoride, control tartar buildup or soothe painful mouth sores.

Alcohol free mouthwash

People who are experiencing xerostomia (dry mouth), an otherwise low saliva flow due to certain medicinal side effects, radiation therapies or systemic diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome or diabetes, can all benefit from using alcohol free mouthwashes. The alcohol free mouthwash is particularly beneficial for people who have a history of alcohol abuse as well.

Beyond these conditions, studies by BioMed Research International suggest alcohol free mouthwashes have a better effect on the gloss, color, hardness and wear of tooth composite restorations compared to mouthwashes that contain alcohol.

Visit your dentist

Dr. James Reisman and Dr. Jordana Contrucci at C R Dental Group in Dallas, Texas ensure you that choosing a mouthwash doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep your main concerns in mind and select a product that meets those needs. Don’t forget to see your dentist and hygienist at least twice a year. Talk to them about any concerns you have and remember they can be a wealth of information to help you achieve your best dental health.