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The Top Five Mouthwash Types and the Active Ingredients You Should Know!

Posted On March 13, 2013

Do you have bad breath even after brushing? Do you want to take total care of your oral hygiene? You might have tried a number of remedies but probably forgot the most essential one and that is mouthwash. Brushing alone will not do you any good if it is not followed by flossing and oral rinsing. Rinsing is a vital part of oral care and should be included in the daily dental regime.
These days, a great range of mouthwashes are available in the market. Let’s have a look at some of these:

  • Fluoride mouthwash – These mouthwashes have fluoride which can help to strengthen your teeth against decay and fight cavities. However, since your toothpaste and the drinking water may contain fluoride, ingesting too much fluoride can be detrimental. It can be beneficial for people living in rural areas with no access to fluorinated water.
  • Cosmetic mouthwash – These mouthwashes, unlike others, are meant for just combating bad breath. They do not fight plaque and germs. It can be best used when you want to curb your bad breath for hours. Otherwise, it does not provide overall dental care.
  • Natural mouthwash – If you want alcohol and fluoride free mouthwash, then this is the one you are looking for. It contains natural herbal ingredients and has no side effects. No matter what your age, natural mouthwash can be included in your daily oral regime.
  • Total care mouthwash – These mouthwashes have anti-bacterial ingredients and help to prevent plaque and gum diseases. Some of these may contain alcohol and fluoride, hence not suitable for children.
  • Antiseptic mouthwash – These mouthwashes are great to protect your teeth from bacteria and microbes. However, some of these contain alcohol and hence are best for people having mouth infection.


These mouthwashes protect us from a number of dental problems and all the credit goes to their ingredients. Some of the active ingredients commonly found in most of the mouthwashes are:

  • Antibacterial and antifungal agents – These agents are used to kill the yeast or the bacteria that causes mouth infections like gingivitis.
  • Oxygenating agents – Bacteria that live on the taste-buds and below the throat are the prime reason causing bad breath. Oxygenating agents help to eradicate these bacteria.
  • Astringents – Astringents leave a good taste in mouth and also shrink oral tissues.
  • Anodynes – These act as pain-relievers
  • Buffers – These may relieve you from soft tissue pain and reduce acidity.
  • Deodorizing agents – These help to neutralize and mask bad odors.
  • Detergents – These agents are for cleansing purposes as well as performing a deodorizing action.

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