There are so many mouthwash choices to choose from! From name brands to third party brands, the choices and price differences could be a little overwhelming.  Don’t worry, we’re here to help break it down and make the choice less complicated.  Mouthwashes are generally separated into three categories: fluoride solutions, anti-gingivitis and anti-plaque solutions, and cosmetic solutions.  You are able to find most of these over the counter however; some may require the use of a prescription from your dentist.

Let’s start with fluoride-containing mouthwashes.  These types of solutions will help prevent tooth decay and strengthen your enamel.  Most people generally don’t need to use fluoride-containing mouthwashes because your toothpaste already contains fluoride but sometimes there is an exception.  For example, people with xerostomia, which is abnormal dryness of the mouth, might be more inclined to use this type of mouthwash as well as those who suffer from cavities.  Xerostomia can lead to a bacterial imbalance and too much bacteria can lead to tooth decay.

Anti-gingivitis/anti-plaque mouthwashes are great to combine with your brushing and flossing routine.  While brushing and flossing is key, we don’t always clean every single spot in our mouth and these mouthwash options are a good bacteria killing boost. For those with more serious dental conditions, Dr. Makrauer can prescribe you a stronger mouthwash.

Lastly are the cosmetic solutions, which virtually exist to make your breath smell better.  These don’t necessarily offer any long-term health benefits but do kill bacteria for a short amount of time.  This type of mouthwash does not aid in improvement of your overall oral health.

If you’re still unsure about what type of mouthwash is best for you, feel free to ask Dr. Zola Makrauer during your next visit to Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts and he would be more than happy to give you his professional opinion!