Is One Mouthwash as Good as Another? Learn How to Choose the Right One for Your Needs
If you’re not using mouthwash now then we recommend adding it to your regular dental home oral health care plan. When used in addition to brushing and flossing, it can help kill bacteria and get into places your toothbrush or floss can’t reach. But which mouthwash should you use? The easiest way to find the right one for your needs is to ask your dentist at California Dental Group when you visit us for your oral cleaning and exam. You can also read on for general tips on choosing the right mouthwash.
What flavor do you like?
While there are many factors that matter, one of the most important things to think about is what flavor you like. At the end of the day, we want to ensure that you’re using mouthwash every day. You’re more likely to do that if you like the taste. Remember as well that though toothpaste is flavored, it’s not made to actually change the smell of your breath – but mouthwash is. Some people like a minty flavor while others prefer a fruit flavor. Cinnamon is even an option. If you’re not sure what flavor you’d like best, try travel size containers that let you try it out before committing to a large bottle.
Consider what your goals are
As you consider your options, you’ll also want to think about what your goals are. Do you want to kill germs? Or is your top priority improving your breath? Some mouthwashes are made specifically to help dry mouth and of course many are made for many purposes. If you have one specific need in mind then you may want to walk into the mouthwash aisle with that need in mind and then look for an option that’s made for that specific need. You can find mouthwash for gingivitis (or gum disease) or mouthwash for those who are allergic to alcohol.
Make sure it includes fluoride
Unless you’re allergic to fluoride, you want to ensure that all your toothpaste and mouthwash includes fluoride. Though it’s also included in most tap water, it’s such a helpful substance for your teeth that it’s hard to get too much. It can help make your teeth stronger and prevent many health issues. In short, unless your dentist has told you not to use fluoride, then you should look for mouthwash that includes it.
Make an appointment with your dentist right now to get the best advice on mouthwash
If you have concerns about choosing a mouthwash, aren’t sure you need one, or want to ensure that you’re using the right option, then please contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to set up a dental appointment. We can give you a full cleaning and exam and offer our advice on which mouthwash options will work best for you. Contact us now to get started.