Types of Mouthwash

There are many different types of mouthwashes out there on the market. Just take a little stroll down your nearest drug store aisle and you will find so many different options ranging in color and shape that you won’t know where to begin. That’s where we come in to help you pick!


Fluoride Mouthwash

This type of mouthwash is most commonly known, containing sodium fluoride to help protect against cavities and even tooth decay. This chemical is added as part of the formula to keep your teeth healthy. Careful not to overuse, as fluoride is also found in toothpaste and tap water, too much fluoride is not good for your overall health.

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Antiseptic Mouthwash

This type of mouthwash contains alcohol and is mostly used by people who have an infection they need to beat to stop any more bacterial growth. Antiseptic mouthwash also helps to cure bad breath. However, antiseptic mouthwash can cause discoloration of teeth, so be sure not to overuse it.


Natural Mouthwash

Using natural ingredients, natural mouthwash works the same way as the other mouthwashes. This type of mouthwash does not your alcohol and is safer for young children. This type of mouth wash can include essential oils, salt, herbs, mint, aloe vera and more. You can also make your own form of natural mouthwash using distilled water and baking soda.


Cosmetic Mouthwash

This type of mouthwash is more for fun and simply works to make your breath smell better or mask bad breath. It’s almost like liquid gum. Cosmetic mouthwash can also help for rinsing away food particles, but it does not protect teeth or gums, or kill germs.


It’s best to ask your dentist of course to find out which mouthwash is best for you. Your own dentist will also give you the proper amount you should use and how often. Depending on your situation, a dentist may even prescribe you your own mouthwash to help fight gingivitis, help inflamed gums, swelling, fight bad breath and more.