Using a mouthwash for bad breath may seem like a good idea at first. After all, isn't that what your parents, your dentist, and all those commercials on TV over the years taught you to do? However, once you understand some of the problems this can lead to, you'll think twice before using just any old mouthwash.
So, what is it that a "good" mouthwash should do? It should make your mouth feel fresh and clean, at the same time eliminating bad breath and providing protection against things like plaque build up and gingivitis. Do you know what some of the ingredients are that commercial mouthwash manufacturers use in an attempt to accomplish those goals? Let's take a look at a few of them:
Okay, that was a bit tongue in cheek, but I think you get the picture. So what do these ingredients really do? The answer is they do pretty much everything except what you need them to do. You selected it because you needed a mouthwash for bad breath, but what you ended up with is a mouthwash that will make your breath worse.
If you insist on using a commercial mouthwash, make sure you choose one that's alcohol-free. Regardless of whether it's contained in an alcoholic beverage or a mouthwash, alcohol is a desiccant or drying agent. It will dry out the tissue in your mouth. A dry mouth provides an excellent breeding ground for the anaerobic bacteria which cause bad breath.
In spite of what the manufacturers would have you believe, your mouthwash will not kill the germs that cause bad breath. It will temporarily mask your bad breath, but if it's bad enough, people with whom you come into contact will still be aware of your problem. They might, however, find your breath somewhat more tolerable. But only somewhat...
Let's face it. Using a commercial mouthwash for bad breath is a waste of both your time and your hard-earned money. But don't despair, and whatever you do, don't panic! There is an answer.
Find a good oxygenating oral rinse or mouthwash. An oral rinse that is rich in Oxygen will eliminate the volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) produced by anaerobic bacteria. It will also keep the bacteria themselves under control. This is one of the most effective and easiest ways to prevent bad breath. Plus it's far more effective than using a commercial mouthwash for bad breath.
I personally recommend the TheraBreath product line as the hands-down best way to eliminate (not just mask) bad breath. Even when I was taking a sulfur-based prescription medicine and my breath was absolutely rancid, TheraBreath Oral Rinse did the job for me and restored me to my family's good graces.
For additional help with bad breath prevention, read my article,
Fourteen Guidelines for Preventing Bad Breath