Plaque and Tartar

How to choose good mouthwash


There are various types of mouthwashes and rinses on the market; and understanding the differences will help in selecting the right rinse to use.

Types of Rinses


Mouthwashes freshen your breath and help wash away food particles, but they are not a replacement for a regular routine of brushing twice-daily and flossing daily. Most standard over-the-counter mouthwashes contain breath-freshening ingredients but do not contain fluoride unless the label says otherwise.

Fluoride Rinse

A fluoride mouth rinse works by protecting your teeth from acids produced by bacterial plaque. The fluoride in a fluoride rinse integrates itself into the enamel coating of your teeth to help protect against cavities. This is not a substitute for brushing twice-daily and flossing daily.

Chlorhexidine Gluconate Rinse

Chlorhexidine gluconate rinses are highly-effective prescription treatments commonly marketed in formulations containing 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate, with 11.6% alcohol. An alcohol-free formula has been introduced in the United States that is reportedly as effective as formulas with alcohol. Chlorhexidine rinses are indicated for use between dental visits as part of a professional program for the treatment of gingivitis and are generally considered the gold standard for therapeutic rinses.

What is the Best Mouthwash for you?

Adding a mouthwash or rinse to your oral care routine helps to freshen breath and improve the health of your mouth. Oral-B has a variety of top mouthwashes available to choose from. It’s important to understand what options are available to you and what to consider when choosing a mouthwash or rinse. Here are some factors to take into consideration:

Alcohol – yes or no?

Alcohol is found in many mouthwashes and rinses on the market. If you have young children, teens, or are a recovering alcoholic, you may want to choose an alcohol-free mouthwash product to avoid any problems.


For those who suffer from tooth sensitivity or are recovering from a dental procedure, you may find the ingredients in mouthwash irritating. Consider trying an alcohol-free mouthwash, which contains ingredients that are soothing and gentle on your teeth and gums.

Plaque Control

Some dental rinses contain anti-plaque ingredients, which not only help control bad breath but also help to prevent plaque buildup on the teeth.

We recommend using Oral-B Pro-Expert Multi-Protection Mouthwash for a healthier mouth and long-lasting fresh breath.

See our complete line of mouthwashes and rinses to choose the right one for you.