What is mouth rinse?

Mouthrinses refer to general, over the counter products that, when gargled in the mouth, control various oral health conditions; these conditions range from plaque/gingivitis suppression, enamel strengthening, and combatting halitosis. In its most basic from it is an antiseptic. The purpose is to kill bacteria that breakdown food particles and cause decay and bad breath.

The rinses also are a good source of fluoride, an important part of dental care.  Fluoride rinse coupled with fluoride toothpaste has been shown to be extremely preventive againstcaries, or tooth decay.


Peroxide – included for it’s antiseptic properties.

Chlorhexidine – an antibacterial / antiviral. (Can stain teeth if used for a prolonged period).

Potassium Chloride – very useful for sensitive teeth.

Fluoride – used to help strengthen teeth and fight against tooth decay.

Triclosan – an antibacterial.

How to use mouth rinse

  • Floss and brush your teeth first.
  • Pour about 20ml into your mouth.
  • Swish them around for about 30 seconds, making sure not to swallow any.
  • Spit out the rinse.
  • Wait a few minutes before your drink or eat anything.

Remember though: mouthwash is not a cure all and it does not replace bushing or flossing – nor should it!


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