Ask Dr. Stanfield: Which is the best mouthwash I can buy? Do all mouthwashes reduce plaque?
Now that you are using a great toothpaste, you may be considering the best mouthwash for your family. The main purpose of mouthwash is to reduce plaque, and not all mouthwashes do this effectively. Some contain anti-plaque components, while others do not. Mouthwashes that contain fluoride are often used to prevent cavities. Unfortunately, many mouthwashes contain a high percentage of alcohol, which can dry out your mouth over time.
Some mouthwashes, like Listerine, Scope, or Crest Pro-Health do, although Listerine is the best in my opinion. The best mouthwash is one that contains an anti-plaque component and is alcohol-free. The easiest way to determine which product to use is to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. This will assure you that the product you are buying is safe and effective.