Are you ready to ring in the New Year with a smooch from your sweetie? Routine brushing and flossing are essential to a minty mouth. But if you’re looking for that extra pop of minty freshness, consider a mouthwash.
There are dozens of mouthwashes on the market, all made to address different oral health conditions. With so many options, picking the perfect mouthwash can seem more overwhelming than Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Our simple guide will help you find your mouthwash match – before the clock strikes 12.
Try an alcohol-free mouthwash. The champagne is flowing, but your mouth is the opposite. While alcohol works as a good antiseptic in mouthwash, it can worsen a dry mouth. A desert-like mouth lowers saliva production, which makes your bad breath even worse.
Look for a fluoride mouthwash. Fluoride rinses have been proven to fight up to 50% more of the bacteria that cause cavities than rinses without it.
Speak with your dentist about a prescription mouthwash. He or she may prescribe a rinse containing chlorhexidine digluconate, a strong antiseptic. Chlorhexidine is most often used before or after oral surgery and for treating periodontal disease.
Mouthwash may make your mouth minty, but remember that it’s only a temporary fix. Regular brushing and flossing drop the ball on bad breath.
Raise your glass and toast to a new year and a mouth full of cheer!