When you’re looking to prevent gingivitis, it’s important to include a mouthwash in your oral care routine every day. It’s also important to know that all mouthwashes aren’t created equal. As you compare mouthwashes, you’ll notice that some freshen breath, others provide an anti-cavity benefit, others help prevent gingivitis, and sometimes you will find one that offers multi-benefits.
To prevent or treat gingivitis, you should look for the best mouthwash to benefit gum health—one that’s proven to eliminate the bacteria or germs that cause gingivitis, but has a low potential for irritating gums in the process. Remember to pair your chosen mouthwash with the best toothpaste for gingivitis to complete your daily oral care routine.
Here are some other factors in choosing the gingivitis mouthwash that best fits your needs:
- Alcohol. Alcohol is a component of many mouthwashes, which some people find causes a burning sensation in their mouths. Alcohol-free formulas are a win for consumers who may want to avoid alcohol-based products, but also want to enjoy the health benefits of mouthwash. If you want to buy one type of mouthwash or rinse for the whole family, and your household includes school-aged children or teens, you may want to choose from among the alcohol-free mouthwash products that are available.
- Sensitivity. Some people find the ingredients in mouthwash irritating, especially people who have sensitive gums. Also, people who don’t usually complain of sensitive gums may find that their mouths are more sensitive for a short time if they are recovering from a dental procedure. If you have a sensitive mouth, consider an alcohol-free mouthwash.
There are a lot of mouthwashes out there, and many have trade-offs, so choosing one can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why Crest® PRO-HEALTH® Multi-Protection Mouthwash is an excellent option for gingivitis prevention—it kills 99% of the germs* that cause plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath, without the burn of alcohol. Combined with Crest® PRO-HEALTH® Advanced Toothpaste, your at-home gingivitis prevention plan will be off to a great start.
*In laboratory tests.