Very Different Results from Different Brands of Mouthwash and Toothpaste

Choosing the right mouthwash for gum disease isn’t as easy as it looks. Some brands fight gum disease, some have no effect, and a few even make it worse. Here is what everyone needs to know about best mouthwash for gum disease and the right toothpaste for gum disease, as well as the best choices in other oral care products.

  • The most effective mouthwashes for gum disease include the herb extract thymol. Listerine contains thymol. The alcohol-free version is best, since it does not dry out your mouth.
  • A teaspoon (3-4 grams) of baking soda mixed in ½ cup (120 ml) of warm water makes a good mouthwash if you eat lots of sticky foods. The baking soda makes the mouth more alkaline, slowing down the growth of the acid-loving bacteria that cause gum infections. Swish the solution around your mouth for up to 15 seconds and then spit out.mouth-wash
  • Hydrogen peroxide makes an inexpensive and effective mouthwash for treating gingivitis, but it is essential to dilute the hydrogen peroxide with water before putting it in your mouth. Put one teaspoon (5 ml) of hydrogen peroxide in ½ cup (120 ml) of warm water. Swish the mixture around your mouther and spit it out. Use up to three times a day. Never swallow!
  • If you have a toothache, a mouthwash that contains oil of cloves, such as Lavoris, will be as helpful as taking aspirin. Or you could simply dip a clean cotton swab in oil of cloves and place the swab against your tooth. Never drink clove oil.
  • The ideal toothpaste contains triclosan for fighting gingivitis, hydrated silica for whitening, and fluoride for fighting cavities. (The fluoride in toothpaste won’t affect your central nervous system, although the fluoride in drinking water will.) One product that contains all three ingredients is Crest Pro-Health, which costs about US $5 a tube.
  • If you want to be sure your mouthwash does not contain alcohol, look for hallal certification on the label.
  • If the label on your toothpaste lists cetylpyridinium chloride or CPC as an ingredient, avoid drinking coffee, tea, or red wine within two hours of using the mouthwash. CPC binds to your teeth so bacteria can’t attach themselves at the gum line, but it can also lock stains into your teeth. Only your dentist will be able to remove them.
  • Staining is also a problem with prescription mouthwashes that contain the ingredient chlorhexidine, such as Periogard. Outside the United States and Canada chlorhexidine sometimes is used as an ingredient in Oral-B.
  • The US FDA has warned the makers of CVS Complete Care Anticavity Mouthwash that they may no longer make claims that their product fights gum disease.
  • Sonicare toothbrushes use ultrasound to break up tartar. They work beautifully if you haven’t already had to have crowns, but if you have bonded teeth, vibrations can eventually break up the cement that holds your teeth together.
  • Sugar-free chewing gum, if it is flavored with xylitol, helps fight the infections that cause gingivitis, sinusitis, and ear aches. Chewing gum that contains.