We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Are the Benefits of Mouthwash?

Lainie Petersen
By
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The benefits of mouthwash, sometimes referred to as mouth rinse, include the ability to freshen one's breath, kill bacteria that may contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, and loosen debris on and between teeth. In some cases, a mouthwash may also be formulated to provide additional benefits, such as tooth whitening. It should be noted that the benefits of mouthwash vary according to its formulations. Some mouthwashes primarily act to freshen breath and may not include the ingredients needed to protect a person's teeth and gums. Those who are concerned about receiving the full benefits of mouthwash should consult the primary professional organization for dentists in their jurisdiction to find out which mouthwashes it has approved for maintaining oral health.

A mouthwash is a flavored liquid that people use to rinse out their mouths before or after brushing their teeth. Some individuals may also rinse with mouthwash between brushings, particularly after eating foods that may cause a person to have bad breath. Mouthwash advertising campaigns typically emphasize the treatment and prevention of halitosis as one of the many benefits of mouthwash. While mouthwash can be effective at combating bad breath, it may not work well in people who have bad breath as a result of sinus problems, dental decay, or digestive issues.

Some people choose to rinse their mouths with mouthwash prior to brushing. This rinsing may assist in dislodging food particles between teeth, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum irritation, particularly in those who have crowded teeth or who wear braces. Some types of mouthwash are even formulated for use as a pre-rinse. In the United States, one such product is marketed for children, as it has the property of temporarily staining plaque so that children have an easier time effectively brushing their teeth. Children's mouthwashes are often formulated differently than those for adults because of the risk of children swallowing the liquid.

Other benefits of mouthwash depend primarily on the formulation. Some contain antimicrobial ingredients that can retard bacteria growth in the mouth. This can improve a user's oral health and reduce his likelihood of developing bad breath. Some mouthwashes also contain fluoride, which can strengthen teeth and help prevent cavities. It should be noted, however, that using mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing teeth on a regular basis. Individuals who are concerned about their oral and overall health should see their dentist on a regular basis for check-ups.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Lainie Petersen
By Lainie Petersen , Former Writer
Lainie Petersen, a talented writer, copywriter, and content creator, brings her diverse skill set to her role as an editor. With a unique educational background, she crafts engaging content and hosts podcasts and radio shows, showcasing her versatility as a media and communication professional. Her ability to understand and connect with audiences makes her a valuable asset to any media organization.

Discussion Comments

By SarahGen — On Mar 18, 2013

Has anyone used one of those whitening mouthwashes? Does it work?

By candyquilt — On Mar 17, 2013

@ysmina-- I think that claim was made about mouthwash with alcohol in it. You don't have to use one with alcohol though.

There are alcohol-free mouthwashes on the market that kill germs and freshen breath just as well as those with alcohol.

I also use mouthwash regularly and I think it's an important step in dental care. It's especially important for people who've had dental work done because mouthwash protects from infections.

By ysmina — On Mar 17, 2013

I use mouthwash everyday, sometimes twice a day. Mouthwash is the only thing that keeps my breath fresh. Brushing doesn't seem to do anything. When I use mouthwash, I know I will have fresh breath for the next five six hours and that makes me feel good.

Recently, however, I heard that using mouthwash regularly can lead to mouth cancer. Is this true?

Lainie Petersen

Lainie Petersen

Former Writer

Lainie Petersen, a talented writer, copywriter, and content creator, brings her diverse skill set to her role as an...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.