The Different Types of Mouthwash

listerine-lotsThere are three hallmarks of solid oral health care; brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. While most people know what kind of toothpaste or floss to use, there are several different options when it comes to mouthwash. Here are the different types of mouthwash and their various pros & cons.

Antiseptic Mouthwash

Perhaps the most common type of mouthwash is antiseptic mouthwash. Typically containing alcohol, antiseptic mouthwash works to halt the growth of bacteria and stave off infection. The most popular brand of antiseptic mouthwash is Listerine.

Fluoride Mouthwash

This is the type of mouthwash that you will typically see used inside the dental offices in Goodyear. Not surprisingly, fluoride mouthwash contains sodium fluoride which helps to strengthen teeth as well as protect against tooth decay. Be wary not to consume fluoride mouthwash in mass quantities as it can be detrimental to your overall health.

Cosmetic Mouthwash

Cosmetic mouthwash or as we like to call it “useless mouthwash” does nothing for the overall health of your teeth, mouth and gums. These are simply used as a way to freshen your breath before a first date or a big job interview. Don’t fool yourself! Just because your mouth tastes minty fresh doesn’t mean you have combated pesky bacteria that can lead to gun disease and tooth decay.

Natural Mouthwash

Natural mouthwash has become quite popular over the past decade as an alternative to the alcohol-based mouthwash products like Listerine. Natural mouthwashes often work in the exact same way as their counterparts but can also treat infection or injury.

A popular natural mouth wash is the Dental Herb Company’s Tooth & Gums Tonic which can be purchased at most dental offices or ordered through the internet.

To find out what mouthwash will work best for your oral health needs ask one of our highly skilled dentists today!

Tags: , , , ,