How to Choose the Right Mouthwash for You

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Choosing the right mouthwash can be overwhelming. Store shelves are stocked with dozens of mouthwash options, and the packaging hosts long lists of features and benefits. With so many options, it can be hard to decide which type is best for you. To narrow down potential mouthwash options, consider your current oral health needs. Here's how to choose mouthwash based on those needs.


Breath Freshening

Bad breath can be embarrassing, and it can have many causes. Sometimes, bad breath is simply caused by eating something with a strong scent, like onions or garlic. In other cases, the odour can come from germs inside the mouth. Certain medical conditions, like acid reflux, can also cause bad breath.


For breath freshening, you may want to try Colgate® Plax™ mouthwash. It provides a cooling sensation that lasts 10x longer than brushing alone. Use twice daily for a healthy, fresh mouth.


Teeth Whitening

Stained or discoloured teeth are a concern for many people. Surface stains can be caused by highly pigmented foods or drinks like coffee, wine, tomato sauce, yellow spices or berries. Smoking can also cause surface stains.

If you're concerned about surface stains on your teeth, you may want to try a whitening mouthwash, such as Colgate® Optic White™ Whitening. This unique formula with optic brightener activates as you swish to reflect light, leaving your teeth looking whiter instantly and also provides a daily stain defence to help seal out new stains.


Dry Mouth Soothing

Dry mouth can be very uncomfortable. It occurs when your mouth doesn't produce enough saliva. This can occur for many reasons, including dehydration, smoking, or as a side effect of medications. People with dry mouth may experience symptoms like difficulty speaking or difficulty chewing and swallowing. If your mouth is dry or you suffer from bad breath or mouth sores, consult with your doctor and dentist to determine the cause. Your dentist may recommend a mouthwash designed for people with dry mouth, like Colgate® Dry Mouth Relief. It is specially formulated to provide soothing relief for dry mouth sufferers.


Children's Mouthwash

Choosing a mouthwash for your child can be just as difficult as choosing one for yourself! While children can have some of the same oral health concerns as adults, like gingivitis, products designed for adults may not be suitable. Children may not enjoy the flavour of minty mouthwashes, and may need help learning how to rinse safely.


For children, your dental professional may recommend a kid-friendly mouthwash like Colgate® Minions™ Kids Bello Bubble Fruit . This product is available in a bubble fruit flavour and is alcohol-free. Not all kids need mouthwash, so be sure to ask your child's dental professional before you add mouthwash to their routine.

With so many mouthwash options available, you're sure to find a product that suits your current needs. For more help with how to choose mouthwash, don't hesitate to ask your dental professional.



This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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  • Antibacterial mouthwashes – these mouthwashes are more effective in controlling plaque than fluoride rinses, and also freshen breath.

  • Fluoride rinses – these rinses coat the teeth with fluoride to strengthen teeth to prevent tooth decay and cavities. They also freshen breath.

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