The 3 Best Mouthwashes For Gingivitis


If you have puffy or red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush, you may be dealing with gingivitis, the clinical term for a type of inflammation of the gums caused by sticky plaque buildup on the teeth. Along with a great toothpaste for your gums and good daily brushing and flossing habits, using the best mouthwash for gingivitis may help treat and prevent gingivitis and could be beneficial to add to your daily dental-care routine.

According to Dr. Steffany Mohan, DDS, the owner of Iowa-based Urbandale Smiles: "With so many varieties and brands available, choosing the right mouthwash can be confusing."

That's why Dr. Mohan recommends that shoppers narrow down mouthwash options by looking for ones that have received the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance. The best mouthwash for gingivitis should also be labeled as antibacterial, anti-plaque, or anti-gingivitis and contain plaque-fighting ingredients like cetylpyridinium chloride, thymol, eucalyptol, menthol, or methyl salicylate, according to Dr. Mohan.

"These mouthwashes help boost dental care habits by killing potentially damaging bacteria," Dr. Mohan tells Bustle. You may also want to find a mouthwash that doesn't contain alcohol, especially if you are prone to sensitivity, adds Dr. Mohan.

"Most of the marketed mouthwashes contain alcohol, specifically ethanol, which is effective at killing germs and bacteria in your mouth and tends to decrease plaque buildup. However, they may lead to a burning sensation, unpleasant taste, and mouth dryness. An alcohol-free mouthwash creates more of a balance in your mouth and leads to healthier teeth and gums."

Take a look below at the three top picks for the best mouthwash for gingivitis.

Editor's note: If you suffer from gingivitis and have not already, make an appointment with your dentist to talk through your specific dental history and which solutions might be best for you.