mouthwashMouthwash is used to help rinse away food particles from the teeth after brushing or flossing. It is also considered as gum and teeth protection from oral diseases. There are different types on the market today, and it may get quite confusing to choose among the different array of rinses that are on offer.

Here’s a list of the different types of mouthwash, their individual functions, and pros and cons in using them:

1. Fluoride mouthwash

Fluoride in mouthwashes contains sodium fluoride which helps protect the teeth from cavities and tooth decay. Since fluoride can be found in toothpaste and tap water, it is advisable to be careful when using this type of mouthwash since intake of too much fluoride is not good for your overall health.

2. Antiseptic mouthwash

This is the most common mouthwash. This mouthwash usually contains alcohol and is mostly used by people with mouth infection to stop bacterial growth. This is also helpful for people who have halitosis or bad breath. This is used together with the proper brushing of teeth and flossing to help stave off bacteria that cause mouth infections and stinky breath. Avoid overusing the antiseptic     mouthwash since it can cause discoloration of teeth.

3. Cosmetic mouthwash

A mouthwash that doesn’t really do anything to your overall oral care but is just a means to freshen your breath or to mask bad breath.

4. Natural mouthwash

Natural mouthwash is a mouthwash that does what other types of mouthwash do except the ingredients are natural. It is also a popular alternative as an alcohol-free mouthwash. Their ingredients are safer to use as compared to other types of mouthwash.

For you to optimize the benefits of a mouthwash, pay a visit to your dentist and have your teeth and mouth checked. You can then ask what type of mouthwash suits your dental condition.