Types of Mouthwash: Which Is Right for You?


All the different types of mouthwash available at the drugstore might cause you confusion: which type will work best to improve your overall dental health? Don’t waste time and money trying out each one. Learn right away which option is ideal based on your oral health needs.

What’s the Purpose of Mouthwash?

Using mouthwash is definitely a positive habit, but it shouldn’t take the place of brushing or flossing. You should use mouthwash only after you have already brushed and flossed. It should be the third step in a comprehensive oral care approach.

Mouthwash can help sanitize and remove plaque and bacteria, depending on the type, and it can also help strengthen your teeth against future damage.

Desensitizing Mouthwash

Do you suffer from overly sensitive teeth and gums? A desensitizing product may be ideal for you. When used regularly, this type of mouthwash will help strengthen the enamel of your sensitive teeth as well as numb any nerves that are close to the gum and tooth surfaces so you aren’t in pain when eating and drinking.

Combined with a desensitizing toothpaste product, repeated use of this type of mouthwash will result in healthier, sturdier teeth that cause you much less discomfort.

Fluoride-Containing Products

While it is one of the least common types of mouthwash, products that contain fluoride can help you if you suffer from recurring tooth decay. Fluoride is an element that re-mineralizes the tooth surface after bacterial acid begins to eat away at the enamel and cause cavities.

Fluoride has been proven to stop and, in some cases, reverse, tooth decay. Use this type of mouthwash at the recommendation of your dentist.

Germ and Plaque Prevention

General mouthwash will contain alcohol and will be mainly designed to eradicate germs and rinse away plaque that has already been loosened by your toothbrush or flossing routine. Within this category, find a flavor and brand that you prefer and use at least once per day at the end of your oral care routine.

Breath-Enhancing Mouthwash

Sometimes, drugstores and pharmacies may sell travel-size bottles of breath-freshening mouthwash. These do not usually contain any antiseptic properties. They are designed solely to be used after eating a meal, to restore your fresh breath and eliminate mouth odors. Carry a bottle around and you will be fully prepared for your post-lunch meeting or any other event on your schedule.

Contact Oak Hills Dentistry to schedule an assessment of your oral health. We can give you more information on the types of mouthwash available and make recommendations on which product is a perfect fit for you.