What Kind of Mouthwash Should I Use With Braces?

What Kind of Mouthwash Should I Use With Braces?

We all have to work daily to keep our teeth clean, but people with braces have to work a little harder. Braces not only make brushing and flossing more cumbersome, but they also create numerous areas for food particles to hide and plaque to build up. In addition to the specialized dental tools designed to work around braces to keep teeth clean, mouthwash provides an excellent addition to daily oral health practices for people with braces. 


The importance of mouthwash

Using mouthwash has a number of great benefits. Vigorously swishing mouthwash around the mouth helps to dislodge food particles stuck in the brackets, between the teeth, or near the gums. Mouthwash also helps prevent plaque build-up and aids in keeping breath fresh. Mouthwash that contains fluoride keeps tooth enamel strong and helps to prevent cavities.. Everyone can benefit from the use of mouthwash, including people with braces.  


What to look for in a mouthwash for braces

Some mouthwashes are only meant to freshen breath. And while fresh breath is certainly a benefit of mouthwash, it’s best to opt for one that has therapeutic benefits as well. Mouthwash with antibacterial properties will help decrease the risk of gum disease, and mouthwash that contains fluoride will aid in the prevention of cavities.  Sodium fluoride is a mouthwash ingredient that prevents tooth decalcification, which creates the white spots on teeth often found beneath braces. Mouthwash that contains alcohol should not be used by people with braces because it tends to dry out the mouth and increase the risk of cavities and gum disease. 


Best mouthwash for braces


The best mouthwash is the one that provides you with what you need to help maintain optimal oral health.  Some are specially created to prevent tartar, remove surface stains, or kill germs. The best way to get the mouthwash that suits you best is to discuss it with your dentist or orthodontist.  Here are a few we may recommend, depending on your needs:

  • Periogen Oral Rinse 
  • ACT Braces Care Mouthwash 
  • Crest 3D Mouthwash
  • Listerine Cool Mint 
  • Colgate Mouth Sore Rinse 

If you already have a favorite mouthwash, you can ask your dentist if it’s the best one for your oral health.  If not, they’ll be able to recommend a good one. 


Oral healthcare for braces at University Dental in San Diego

If you’re looking for orthodontic treatment and dental care in San Diego, we’re happy to welcome you to University Dental. We offer a range of high-quality dental services, including general dentistry, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, and implant dentistry.  To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, give us a call at (619) 582-4224 today.