Mouthwash – Types, Uses, Brands
By Steven on Sunday, May 13th, 2018 in Mouthwash.
Ready to be surprised by your mouthwash? Here’s a little-known fact about mouthwash: there’s a mouthwash for the morning and a mouthwash for before bed. Each mouthwash provides different protection and benefits. Both types of mouthwash are therapeutic and cosmetic.
There’s more where that came from. The truth is that most of us select mouthwash on autopilot. We just pick up the same brand we’re familiar with, one that we’ve been using for years. We should be choosing mouthwash the same way we choose face wash. We should identify our problems and find the mouthwash that helps.
You can also ask for recommendations next time you go for an oral exam and teeth cleaning.
Types of Mouthwash
- Fluoridated Mouthwash
This is the PM mouthwash that should be used at night after brushing your teeth to mineralize your teeth while you sleep. You can use this mouthwash to rinse your mouth right after brushing your teeth.
Though you can use this PM mouthwash whenever you want, it provides the best benefits at night while you sleep.
- Alkaline Mouthwash
This is the AM mouthwash, best used first thing in the morning and throughout the day. Alkaline mouthwash is designed to elevate your pH to change the quality of your oral bacteria. Rebalancing your pH is good for your overall oral hygiene.
Carifree is great example of a mouthwash designed to improve your mouth’s pH balance.
“Cavities are caused by a bacterial imbalance in your mouth, and when dentists drill and fill cavities, they are only treating the result of the infection, not the imbalance itself—and the decay returns. CariFree elevated pH products neutralize decay-causing acids and fix your decay problem at its source.”
- Mouthwash Without Alcohol
Mouthwash with alcohol tends to dry out your mouth. For most people finding a mouthwash without alcohol is a personal preference. There are some studies that suggest that alcohol free mouthwash is better for bad breath because your alcohol dries your mouth, but with alcohol-free mouthwash, your mouth products more saliva, which combats bad breath.
Both the other types of mouthwash can be found alcohol-free. Check out the mouthwash next time you’re at the dentist office.
Best Mouthwash for Gums (Gingivitis)
Look for PerioGard. It is a therapeutic rinse that contains chlorhexidine gluconate, a broad-spectrum antimicrobial.
You can also rinse with warm salt water to alleviate the symptoms of advanced gum disease.
Best Mouthwash for Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Using mouthwash to treat bad breath will not work long term. Mouthwash can freshen your breath, but it cannot, and will not, stop bad breath. After an hour of use, the bad breath is back.
Treat the cause not the symptom. Most bad breath comes from our tongues. If you have bad breath, use a tongue cleaner instead.
Dr. Tung’s is a great tongue cleaner. We’ve reached out to them and asked them to tell us why they’re the best. Here’s what they had to say:
“Research proves that bacteria on the tongue is the #1 cause of bad breath. And studies show that tongue cleaning is the best remedy to remove this bacteria. Stainless steel is impervious to bacteria, and Dr. Tung’s stainless-steel tongue cleaner (not plastic) is the top choice of over a million Americans to remove this ‘bio-burden’ from the tongue. (It is the #1-selling tongue cleaner in the natural products industry.)”
If you have to use mouthwash, try alcohol-free mouthwash first.
Best Mouthwash for Plaque
ACT Advanced Anti-Plaque is a great antibacterial mouthwash that deals with plaque. The acid from plaque can attack teeth soon after meals so it’s recommended that you brush first and then use mouthwash to combat plaque. Mouthwash alone will not defend your teeth against plaque.