The dental aisle is full of choices of mouthwashes. So how do you choose? There are several types of mouthwash – and you may choose to use one or all of them for different reasons. However, first, check the label! The American Dental Association (ADA) gives their seal of acceptance to products after evaluating the products for safety and efficacy. You can be assured these products do what they claim and are safe to use. Here are the different types of Mouthwash on the market: 1. Antiseptic Mouthwash Antiseptic mouthwash usually contains alcohol and is mostly used to stop the bacterial growth that causes cavities and bad breath. Used with the proper brushing of teeth and flossing, this is an excellent way to keep your mouth and teeth clean. 2. Fluoride Mouthwash Fluoride mouthwash contains sodium fluoride which helps protect the teeth from cavities and tooth decay. Fluoride mouthwash used after antiseptic mouthwash can counter-act the acidity of the antiseptic and protect the teeth. Since fluoride can be toxic in large amounts, it is important to always spit out the mouthwash. 3. Cosmetic Mouthwash A cosmetic mouthwash has no medicinal purpose. Its sole purpose is to freshen your breath and mask bad breath. Many people choose to use all of these mouthwashes, for varies reasons. If you have questions on which mouthwash brand or type is best for you (or in what order) please remember to ask at your next appointment. We love great dental questions, and each person’s situation varies.