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Finding Your Perfect Mouthwash

July 2017

Is using mouthwash an unpleasant experience? Let's change that. There are a few things to consider when purchasing a new mouthwash, like ingredients, sensitivity and smell.

There are so many mouthwashes on the market today you can be overwhelmed trying to choose one. Start by deciding if you want fluoride in your mouthwash. Fluoride can help strengthen tooth enamel over time, and it's the same substance that is in many of our water systems. Some mouthwashes offer extra fluoride to help fight tooth decay. The major downside to this option is that fluoride, if swallowed, can be toxic and may not be the best option for young children.

Once you decide whether you want fluoride mouthwash, you need to consider your sensitivity level. Many mouthwashes have alcohol in them and can produce a burning sensation that can be quite intense to people with sensitive mouths. Alcohol is also a drying agent and can inhibit saliva production and make dry mouth much worse.

Another consideration is the smell and flavor of mouthwash. Many people are sensitive to the strong smell of mouthwash and prefer unscented products. On the other hand, many people suffer from halitosis. These people seek out a strong-scented mouthwash to help them fight bad breath. Taste is a major factor as well - mint tends to be the most popular flavor. For people who don't like that overpowering taste, there are plenty of other options on the market.

People who have just had dental surgery complain they can't use mouthwash due to sensitivity. People with sore or irritated spots in their mouth have the same complaint. A simple fix for this is to use a salt water solution. It still retains some of the cleansing properties of mouthwash with much less burn.

Any of the choices above can help you maintain good dental hygiene. A daily routine using mouthwash can help restore tooth enamel, remove plaque and freshen your breath! Take good care of your teeth! Scheduling regular cleanings (2 each year are recommended) can help your dentist catch and treat the early stages of gum disease.