There are many ways that you can combat your bad breath. For most people, having bad breath is not a chronic problem. Instead, it is a problem that people experience from time to time. Bad breath, also commonly called halitosis can stem from a variety of problems. Everything from the foods you eat to the medications you take can and will affect your breath. Luckily, there are things that you can do to wipe away the odor. Many people prefer a quick swish of mouthwash rather than sugary mints and gums.
If you take a walk down the oral hygiene isle at your local store, you will see that there are many different kinds of products on the market that will fight bad breath. There are pastes, brushes, flosses and mouthwash. Mouthwash is quite popular because it has an almost instant affect on the bad breath. However, with all the washes on the market, it may be hard to choose the right one.
As you look at the varying types of mouthwashes, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, remember that there are over the counter mouthwashes and there are the ones that your dentist will prescribe. These are the extra strength ones—the ones that will give you a boost of fluoride, or help protect overly sensitive teeth. These mouthwashes do fall into two categories—the cosmetic mouthwashes and the therapeutic mouthwashes. When looking at cosmetic mouthwashes, these will be the ones that are relatively inexpensive and the ones that you can buy at any store. Therapeutic ones are often for a particular purpose, such as fighting plaque.
So, which ones are the best? If you are simply interested in fighting off bad breath every now and then, then take a look at the cosmetic varieties. There are all kinds of different flavors and strengths that will help get rid of the bad breath quickly. You should remember that when using this kind of mouthwash that it will not completely get rid of halitosis. It may help for awhile, but it will do nothing to promote oral health. Cosmetic mouthwashes are great for when you need a quick fix or between brushings, as the effect will be short lived.
Then you have the therapeutic varieties. These are the ones that are much stronger. In fact, you may find that if you are struggling with your teeth, your dentist may recommend one of these kinds of mouthwashes. These are excellent for oral health and can help with sensitive teeth, gum disease and a whole host of other oral hygiene problems and issues. These are much stronger, so it is not recommended that children use these and you must use cautions.
If you are suffering from bad breath, then a good mouthwash may be the answer for you. Take a look at the two types of mouthwashes and find one that works well. You can also ask your dentist or oral hygentist for advice before buying.