Mouth Rinses

Mouth rinses can be a good addition to brushing and flossing. Some provide benefits that go beyond freshening your breath.

What to look for

Mouth Rinses - HT plusRinses can be therapeutic depending on the ingredients:

  • Oxygenating agents cleanse the mouth.
  • Astringents agents shrink tissues when they are inflamed.
  • Anodyne ingredients reduce oral pain.
  • Buffering agents reduce acidity in the mouth.
  • Deodorizers neutralize odors in the mouth.
  • Antimicrobial agents kill or reduce bacteria in the mouth.
  • Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay.

Many commercial mouth rinses contain alcohol which can dry out tissues. Non-alcoholic rinses are available.

Alternatives to Commercial Mouth Rinses

  1. A one-to-one mixture of hydrogen peroxide and saline or water.
  2. Club soda.
  3. A mixture of ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon baking soda in one cup of water.

Content supplied by the Brushing Up on Mouth Care Program