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How to Choose a Good Mouthwash
Choosing a mouthwash is kind of like choosing a handbag – there’s no such thing as “one size fits all”. We know all mouthwashes temporarily control or reduce bad breath and leave your mouth with a fresh, pleasant taste - but what else can they do? Well, with so many varieties on the market today, it’s easier than ever to find a rinse that complements your oral hygiene routine, and specifically targets you oral health needs.
Have plaque buildup? There’s a mouthwash for that. Want to rebuild tooth enamel? There’s a mouthwash for that. You can even find mouthwashes that can help whiten your teeth! And since bright, clean teeth are the mainstay of every beauty ideal, adding a mouthwash to your daily routine is an easy way to play up your best asset – your smile.
To start, always begin your oral hygiene routine with a quality toothbrush, like the Life Brand Rechargeable Toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes do a much better job than a manual model to massage the gums, which keeps healthy blood flow and will help to stave off the effects of gum disease. Next, follow up by flossing with an unwaxed dental floss (I recommend Life Brand Dental Floss). Flossing is an essential interdental cleaner-- it specifically cleans the tight spaces between the teeth and the gap between the base of the teeth and the gums. (These are places that a toothbrush – electric or manual - can't reach.)
Now that you’ve completed the first two steps, it’s time to choose your mouthwash.
Antiseptic mouthwashes - Some mouthwashes contain an antiseptic that kills bacteria, helpful for those with mouth infections or gum disease (also called gingivitis). They can also help prevent the buildup of plaque which is a sticky film on teeth and gums, when used together with brushing and flossing.
Antibacterial mouthwashes - Many contain alcohol, which also has a strong antibacterial effect and will kill germs and bacteria that cause bad breath. Alcohol-based mouthwashes are not recommended for children under 12 though, as children often cannot easily rinse and spit it out and may swallow it. Look for an alcohol-free mouthwash for them. They use other ingredients to help kill germs.
Whitening mouthwashes - There are also mouthwashes that contain ingredients to help keep teeth white between dental visits by preventing the tartar buildup that usually stains and darkens teeth.
Fluoride mouthwashes – These help rebuild enamel, prevent cavities and help clean teeth and gums. They are usually recommended for use where the local water is not fluoridated, or if your dentist has recommended you use them.
Combination mouthwashes – Some have multiple oral care ingredients in them, to provide you with a more complete oral care solution.
Since I’m an all-in kind of gal, I choose Life Brand Antibacterial Mouthwash Soft Mint. It obliterates the germs and bacteria that cause bad breath, and gives me the confidence I need to get up close and personal. And, just like a classic designer handbag, fresh, clean breath is always in style.