Breaking down Mouthwashes to Break up Tartar

Anyone who is looking to boost their daily dental cleaning regimen should consider adding mouthwashes to their medicine cabinet. Mouthwashes can provide advanced cleaning in between your teeth and can help restore the acidity balance in the mouth.

However, there are many different types of mouthwashes out there. How do you choose the one that’s best for your teeth and mouth?

Different colors

Some mouthwashes are green, some are blue, some are purple, and some even come in doctor’s-office-white containers. Choosing the right mouthwash can be difficult for anyone, let alone a dental cleaning pro.

Luckily, most of the different colors of mouthwashes are merely cosmetic – or are just reflective of the type of packaging they come in. You may also find patterns in the color with the flavor they are. It’s pretty typical that a green colored mouthwash will have a “minty” taste, just like the color of the herb that makes them that way.

Mouthwashes by benefit and use

Outside of color, the main difference you’ll see with modern mouthwashes is their advertised benefit. Here are some of them and what they mean for you.

  • Help reduce cold sores. These mouthwashes have powerful anti-bacterial and germ-fighting elements that can help reduce and close up mouth sores.
  • Improve dry mouth symptoms. Some mouthwashes can restore a balanced acidity in your mouth, which will make your mouth wetter and more effective at fighting plaque and gum disease.
  • Ease and heal sore throat symptoms. Gargle these mouthwashes – some of which may have baking soda in them. They can kill off bacteria that are causing the sore throats as well as sooth the pain from them.
  • Enamel protection. These newer and very powerful mouthwashes can help restore missing minerals on the surfaces of teeth that have been lost by acid and general wear and tear.

What’s even better than mouthwash?

There’s something even more powerful than mouthwash – a professional cleaning from one of our dental hygienists! They have advanced tool such as dental picks, tooth polishers and fluoride that can make your teeth even cleaner than you could make them at home – and keep them that way longer.

Make an appointment at, or call us at (708) 460-3040!


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