Dental hygiene is crucially important for achieving healthy teeth and gums. It's obvious that we all need to brush our teeth with toothpaste at least twice a day, but what if that's not enough? If you're noticing a bit of halitosis or bad breath, all you need to do is try an antibacterial or antiseptic mouthwash for bad breath at home that can disinfect your gums and clear away bacteria.
With so many brands, though, it's hard to know where to start so we've put together our top ten rated products in the UK. In addition, we've run through a few pointers that you should know before you buy your own mouthwash, like whether or not you need a Chlorhexidine formula such as Corsodyl, an alcohol-free option from Listerine, or CB12 for overall bad breath. Read on for a minty fresh experience!
Two of the most effective ingredients for combating bad breath are chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium, strong antibacterials that wipe your mouth clean of stenchy germs. Chlorhexidine is also great at clearing up gingivitis. So, if you're looking for a powerful way to blast away bacteria, keep an eye out for these favourites!
It's worth mentioning that using chlorhexidine for long periods can result in staining and chalky build ups on your teeth. This means that whilst they will be very effective, they aren't ideal as a long-lasting fixture for everyone's dental routine.
Other chemical ingredients to look for instead are ethyl lauroyl arginate HCI and benzoic acid, which work similarly as antifungal and antibacterial agents to clear away bad breath.
Another tool you need to help with keeping bad breath at bay is a tongue scraper!
Various compounds of essential oils such as thyme (thymol), menthol, or eucalyptus (eucalyptol) also fight fungal infections and bacteria. Similarly, the mineral zinc oxide can also be used. Antifungal and antibacterial elements can help to combat bad breath and maintain fresh and healthy gums.
However, as these ingredients are gentler than chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium, you may notice that they are not quite as powerful. If you'd like to seriously tackle bad breath, we'd recommend blasting it with stronger solutions, or you can opt for a combination of the two.
Oil pulling products also contain some essential oils that do wonders for your mouth!
Many popular mouthwash brands include alcohol in their products, and while this is good for killing germs, it can also have a few undesirable side effects such as dry mouth and irritation.
If you do suffer from xerostomia (dry mouth) or you have sensitive gums, you should opt for a mouthwash that is alcohol-free. That way, your mouth will be refreshed and soothed and you can still zap that bacteria at the same time!
You might want to get a mouthwash for gums if you prefer a more targeted formula.
When you're trying to get used to a new habit, you're more likely to stick to it if it's something that you enjoy. Not many people can say that using their mouthwash is the best part of their day, but if you choose a tasty flavour, it will be a much better experience. You might even learn to love it!
The most popular flavour, evidently, is mint. Menthol hints are ideal for giving you fresh-smelling breath and tingling clean gums. If you have sensitive gums and you prefer more subtle flavours, you can also get softer mint or herbal infusions to avoid irritation or just to change it up a bit.
Keep your breath fresh all day long and pick up a pack of breath mints too!
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
The Breath Co.
Daily Mouthwash Fresh Mint
Mint Menthol Mouthwash
Fresh Breath Oral Rinse Mild Mint
Dual-Action Fresh Clove
Advanced Nightly Reset Midnight Mouthwash
UltraDEX Original Daily Oral Rinse
Plax Cool Mint
Chlorhexidine Mouth Wash
Advanced Defence Gum Treatment
A Trusted Solution for Instant Freshness and 24-Hour Protection
Scientifically Formulated to Neutralise Bad Breath Instead of Masking It
A Dentist-Recommended Product to Instantly Battle Bacteria and Dry Mouth
Top Choice for an Alcohol-Free Medicated Mouthwash
Perfect for Sensitive Gums With Zero Alcohol and a Mild Clove Flavour
Giving You Minty Fresh Breath From Dusk to Dawn
Professionally Developed to Blast Odours Without Irritation or Stinging
An Extra Powerful Formula for Quick Freshen-Ups Throughout the Day
An Antiseptic Mouthwash to Treat and Prevent Gum Disease
Repel Plaque, Germs and Morning Breath While Tackling Gum Issues
|Antibacterial Ingredients||Chlorhexidine||Cetylpyridinium, menthol||OXYD-8||Chlorhexidine||Cetylpyridinium, menthol||Benzoic acid, eucalyptol, thymol, menthol||Trisodium phosphate, sodium monofluorophosphate||Cetylpyridinium chloride||Chlorhexidine||Ethyl lauroyl arginate HCI|
|Flavour||Mint||Mint-menthol||Mild Mint||Mint||Clove||Mild mint||Optional mint sachets||Mint||Aniseed||Mint|
|Size||500 ml||250 ml||500 ml||300 ml||500 ml||400 ml||500 ml||500 ml||300 ml||500 ml|
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Antibacterial Ingredients||Cetylpyridinium, menthol|
|Antibacterial Ingredients||Cetylpyridinium, menthol|
|Antibacterial Ingredients||Benzoic acid, eucalyptol, thymol, menthol|
|Antibacterial Ingredients||Trisodium phosphate, sodium monofluorophosphate|
|Flavour||Optional mint sachets|
|Antibacterial Ingredients||Cetylpyridinium chloride|
|Antibacterial Ingredients||Ethyl lauroyl arginate HCI|
Written and researched by Annie Speight
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