In practicing Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee for over 20 years, I have always been a fan of certain mouthwashes. I recommend mouthwashes to be used in addition to brushing and flossing for daily oral hygiene.

Some mouthwashes give a good breath freshening effect, but they are not therapeutic. In this context, therapeutic refers to reducing or controlling plaque formation in the teeth, reducing or controlling the harmful bacteria which live in this plaque, or promoting tooth remineralization to strengthen the tooth’s defense against cavities.

The ADA has recognized 5 different active ingredients for these mouthwashes.  The list includes:

My #1 recommendation for a daily therapeutic mouthwash is Listerine. My second choice includes those with the Cetylpyridinium Chloride ingredient, Colgate Total and Crest Pro Health. Using any of these three mouthwashes will work well to reduce plaque and harmful bacteria in your mouth.

The fluoride rinses are most beneficial. I only recommend using these in cases where the dentist or dental hygienist have identified the patient as having moderate or high risk for cavities.

Peridex (Chlorhexidine) is excellent.  It is an anti-microbial rinse which reduces certain aerobic and anaerobic bacteria.  Also, this product is a good aid for plaque prevention.

Finally, Colgate Peroxyl is a good antiseptic for oral sores. But it should NOT be used as an everyday mouthwash.

Yours in dental health,

Dr. David Roach

Dr. David Roach Nashville Dentist - Our Fearless Leader!

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