Which is the best mouthwash or oral rinse?

Many patients ask me this very question all day long…which is the best rinse or mouthwash brand out there?

I have tried several brands myself and have studied and compared many of them over the years… Those with prescription and those without; I’ve seen all the brands… and this is my take:

Scope™ for instance seems to have much better tasting than Listerine™.  Is that a plus? or are you compromising the effect for just a few minutes of freshness? Well, let me break it down for you.mouthwash

Interestingly enough, there are many more things much more important than taste when comparing mouthwash products.

Some oral rinse brands are more heavily marketed than others.  One of the reasons for this is the fact that some may have an approval rating, or it has received some kind of “seal” from the American Dental Association.  This is a very high mention that is not easily awarded or endorsed.

It’s surprising to some people when they hear that Listerine™ has a long history and has been around since the 1880’s.  Originally marketed as a cleaning product, but now it is a mouthwash. Listerine™ has many positive points, but so are many other oral rinses.

Understand that you should not see these products as “masking” items for obvious oral problems.

Mouthwashes in general have been formulated to help fight tooth decay, whiten teeth, and control tartar. It also kills off oral bacteria and effectively prevents gingivitis. It is without doubt a very effective product in the fight for sweet, fresh, smelling breath… wait! but in conjunction with a daily brushing and flossing.  Just Alone, you are just wasting your money at the grocery store.

Scope™ has also been around for many years and has also stood the test of time for it’s manufacturer, Proctor and Gamble. In recent years Scope™ has gone from the familiar green color and minty flavor to an array of many distinct formulas.

Scope has a scented product and is a well-known for keeping the mouth fresh and killing the bacteria that causes halitosis or bad breath as well as other products that I’ve tested myself.  Scope also has the good benefits as the previous brand mentioned above.

BioteneTM is another brand that can be purchased over the counter…. but is it good for your specific need?

How about some holistic oral rinses that natural or organic stores sell all over?

When your mouth is extremely dry, there isn’t enough saliva to wash away food particles and bacteria.  Over time, this excess builds up, causing not just an unpleasant smell, but might bring complications.  Both stress and breathing through your mouth can also be some of the causes of dry mouth, and certain medications have dry mouth as a side effect.  Smoking leads to dry mouth and bad breath, as well.

So, which is the best mouthwash?

One thing you should consider is to look for a rinse that doesn’t contain alcohol and glycerin because both these ingredients have a drying effect on the soft tissues on the inside of the mouth. Unfortunately, this has an adverse effect and in fact will contribute to bad breath, because it lowers the amount of saliva necessary to get the most out of bacteria-fighting properties.

Often, products do not work the same for everyone. Possibly there is something in our unique chemical body that causes different chemical reactions from other people.

With a product like a mouthwash, and in particular, there might be little to choose from. Ultimately it might just come down to which one seems to work better for each individual consumer.
It’s a fact that not every product is created equal, and it may be necessary to try several brands in order to find the one that seems to work the best for you.
Understand the causes of bad breath, and how some of the oral rinses out there can help you.

If you suffer from bad breath, also known as halitosis, it’s important to identify why it happens so you can determine an effective treatment. Understand that mouthwash can do a good job if used as directed by your dentist; thus, You should visit a dentist if your condition persists or becomes abnormal.  If you need advise in choosing the right one… give me a call.  And if you just need a coupon to purchase your next bottle call me anyway… I may be able to hook you up with a free bottle by filling out this form.

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