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When you think of what to put into your oral health care kit, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a flossing tool usually make up the top three items to actively help you keep tooth decay and gums at bay. But there’s another item you might consider adding to the mix, and that is a therapeutic mouthwash.

These kinds of mouthwashes contain ingredients that can supplement your oral health care, by addressing specific conditions you may be dealing. For example, dry mouth, bad breath, and gingivitis are just a few oral conditions that can benefit from a therapeutic mouth rinse. Let’s take a look!

Dry Mouth/Xerostomia

Dry mouth arises when saliva production is diminished. Saliva has protective enzymes that bathe the oral mucous membranes, so if yours is lowered and is causing you to experience dry mouth, consider using rinse with fluoride in it (and no alcohol in the rinse).


Using an oral rinse with antimicrobials–chlorhexidine, chlorine dioxide, cetylpyridinium chloride, and essential oils (eucalyptol, menthol, thymol, and methyl salicylate) can kill the bacteria that causes bad breath.

Plaque and Gingivitis

Mouthwash containing antimicrobial agents including cetylpyridinium, chlorhexidine, and essential oils (eucalyptol, menthol, thymol, and methyl salicylate) can reduce dental plaque and gingivitis in tandem with daily brushing and flossing.

Tooth Decay

Using an oral rinse with fluoride can help remineralize teeth and reduce the risk of tooth decay, especially in children, with regular use.

Dry Socket

If you have a tooth extraction, you may be vulnerable to dry socket, which is a painful condition where the blood clot over the extraction site is dislodged or dissolved before your wound heals. This allows the underlying bone and nerves to be exposed. Using an oral rinse with chlorhexidine gluconate can help preempt this.

A mouthwash with the right ingredients can help you protect your oral health. When seeking out dental products, we highly recommend finding those carrying the ADA seal of approval on the label; this ensures that they have been rigorously tested and are both safe and effective for the consumer.