Too much of a good thing is bad and that includes too many options. When there are 50 things in front of you, your head is going to spin, and you’ll end up making no decision at all. Trust me, I’ve been there before.
Here are 3 short and easy steps to make choosing the best mouthwash a quick and painless decision.
You want a mouthwash that is fluoride-free and alcohol-free. Alcohol-based mouthwashes cause a burning sensation in your mouth that can be so uncomfortable it is nearly impossible to keep it in your mouth for the prescribed time. In addition, alcohol is a drying agent that can damage your saliva production. Mouthwash is supposed to help not hurt your oral health. Find those trigger words and steer clear.
2. Acidic Level.
This one is hard to test in the store, but it’s important to know that your mouthwash should be higher than the neutral level of 7. Fighting oral acid with an acidic mouthwash simply makes no sense. Aim for higher than neutral. Check out this graphic for help or order free acidic strips so you can test the mouthwash you currently have at home!
If you don’t like the taste of it, there is no way you’ll want to use it every day. Simple as that. When looking for flavors find something that appeals to your personal preferences but also uses natural flavors. After carefully looking over ingredients you don’t want to blow it all for good taste. Find something that checks off both boxes.
Now that you have your list of requirements check out the oral hygiene aisle at your store and find one that fits it all! Good luck and may the best mouthwash win!