Hey, who knew there was a WRONG mouthwash? Right?

While there are two Categories of mouthwash, there are actually four Types. Uh oh, this is getting complicated! Don’t worry, the Dental Health Blog is here to clarify, and reduce your confusion.

First, let’s deal with the two Categories of mouthwash, or mouth rinse, as we in “The Biz” call them. From the website KnowYourTeeth.com we have this explanation:

“There are two categories of mouth rinses: cosmetic (over-the-counter) and prescription. Both products are meant to help remove oral debris before or after brushing. These products provide a pleasant taste in the mouth and temporary relief from bad breath while diminishing bacteria in the mouth. Therapeutic rinses are prescribed by a dentist and contain active ingredients that protect against some oral diseases.”

So, the idea of using a mouth rinse is to augment brushing and flossing, to help you remove food particles, bacteria, and plaque from your teeth, gums, and mouth. Doing this is simple, with just an ounce or so of mouth rinse, which you should swish around in your mouth for a solid 30 second or so. You should then spit out the rinse and run some water into the sink. However, you should NOT follow by rinsing your mouth with water, since the residual rinse will continue to kill unwanted bacteria, and keep your breath fresh too, of course.

The 4 Types of Mouthwash

Beyond the two Categories of mouth rinse, you can also choose from four general Types of mouthwash: cosmetic, fluoride, antimicrobial, and organic. While the names of each of these types of mouthwash are pretty much self-explanatory, it’s our job to make sure that we make clear exactly what we’re talking about. The following is our list of the types of mouthwash you can choose form:

  • Cosmetic mouthwash – is largely designed to eliminate bad breath
  • Fluoride mouthwash – is designed to increase the fluoride you apply directly to your teeth for increased durability
  • Antimicrobial mouthwash – as the name suggests, is designed to reduce the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth following brushing and flossing
  • Organic mouthwash – is for those who wish to avoid artificial dyes and chemicals

Again, as with a mouth rinse, use about an ounce of mouthwash for 30 seconds or so, and do not rinse with water afterward. You should also not swallow your mouthwash, as it contains alcohol and can lead to other health problems. For more information on the types of mouthwash available, and how to use mouthwash properly visit the WikiHow.com mouthwash page

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