More and more people are making mouthwash part of their oral hygiene routine, in addition to toothbrushing and flossing. And with good reason. Rinsing with a mouthwash can have several positive effects on your dental health and help prevent bad breath. There are many different types of mouthwash on the market, but they are not all created equal. “Some types of mouthwash may just refresh your breath temporarily,” says dental hygienist Monica Larsson. “The ones that have turned out to have the best effect are those containing zinc and chlorhexidine, like CB12. People who rinse with a product like that notice an immediate change.”
Some mouthwashes have a pleasant taste and can relieve bad breath for a short period of time. But they do not address the causes of bad breath and do nothing to protect your teeth against caries and tooth decay. Other rinses are formulated to deal with a specific dental health issue. Are you at risk of developing gingivitis? There is a mouthwash for that. Sensitive teeth? There is a mouthwash for that too. Other formulations specialize in reducing plaque, controlling tartar or preventing bad breath. Some claim to target a combination of issues. Regardless of which product you choose, keep in mind that rinsing with a mouthwash does not replace your regular oral hygiene routine, but should be considered a complement.