Although brushing and flossing your teeth every day is essential for every oral hygiene routine, using mouthwash can give you a more thorough clean and fresher breath. Unfortunately, some rinses contain ingredients that can irritate your mouth.

For example, alcohol is a common ingredient found in mouthwash rinses. While it has impressive cleaning properties, it can dry out your mouth, making it more prone to cavities.

Finding the best mouthwash rinses for your oral hygiene routine can seem like an unending chore. Additionally, every patient has different oral health needs and sensitivity levels.

For example, if your current mouthwash is irritating, it could be time to look for an oral rinse with natural ingredients. Rinses with natural ingredients are generally free of alcohol; however, they have varying levels of effectiveness.

Our last post covered the top toothbrushes for oral care. We now want to help you by covering the top mouthwash rinses. The best way to determine which mouthwash rinse is best for your oral health is by asking your dentist. The dentists at LPS Dental know there are hundreds of options for oral rinses. To help you narrow down your choices, below are the top three types of mouthwash picked by LPS Dental in Chicago.

CloSYS Sensitive Mouthwash

CloSYS Sensitive Mouthwash is one of the best mouthwash rinses, especially for those with sensitive teeth and gums. It thoroughly cleans your mouth and leaves a refreshing minty aftertaste without the traditional burn of rinses with alcohol.


The CloSYS Sensitive Mouth Oral Rinse offers several benefits for patients with sensitive mouths. The rinse is free of potentially irritating ingredients like alcohol, sulfate, dyes, gluten, and triclosan.

Since it is pH balanced and uses natural ingredients, it is ideal for patients with sensitive teeth and gums. As a result, it can reduce bad breath and freshen your mouth without irritation.

Speaking of bad breath, CloSYS is the first mouthwash to earn the ADA seal for reducing bad breath.


CloSYS Sensitive Mouthwash is free of irritating ingredients that can dry out your mouth. The highly rated rinse contains only six ingredients:

  1. Purified water
  2. Stabilized chlorine dioxide
  3. Citric acid
  4. Trisodium Phosphate
  5. Flavor
  6. Sucralose

How to Use It

First, brush and floss your teeth. If you use an oral irrigator, you can mix one part CloSYS with ten parts water for a better clean.

Next, rinse one capful of CloSYS for 30 seconds, then gargle and spit it out. For a better clean, avoid eating or drinking for at least 20 minutes after rinsing.

Using CloSYS Sensitive Mouthwash twice a day after brushing your teeth is an excellent way to reduce the risk of tooth decay and freshen your breath.

Listerine Healthy White Vibrant Fluoride Whitening Mouthwash

LPS Dental knows that patients want more than a healthy mouth. Bright, white teeth can boost your self-esteem and encourage you to smile more! That’s why Listerine Healthy White Vibrant Fluoride Whitening Mouthwash is next on the list of best mouthwash rinses.


Listerine Healthy White Vibrant Fluoride Whitening Mouthwash is an excellent addition to your teeth whitening routine. With consistent use, you can get a whiter smile in just five days!

LPS Dental recommends the Listerine rinse for patients who want to safely whiten their teeth while eliminating bad breath. The Listerine Healthy White Vibrant Fluoride Mouthwash whitens your teeth by removing stubborn stains and brightening teeth. Additionally, it kills bad breath-causing bacteria to give you fresh breath with a bright smile.


Listerine Healthy White Vibrant Anticavity Fluoride Mouthwash has one active ingredient: sodium fluoride 0.02%. The inactive ingredients include:

  • Water
  • Alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Sodium saccharin
  • Poloxamer
  • Sucralose
  • Menthol
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Disodium phosphate
  • Flavor

How to Use

Fill the cap up to 10 mL, or about two teaspoons, and rinse for at least 60 seconds. For best results and optimum whitening, use the rinse twice a day after brushing.

TheraBreath 24-Hour Healthy Gums Oral Rinse with Added CPC

TheraBreath 24-Hour Healthy Gums Oral Rinse with Added CPC is ideal for killing bacteria and protecting tooth enamel.

According to the CDC, about 50% of American adults have gum disease. Symptoms of gum disease can range from bleeding gums to tooth loss, depending on its severity. The key to preventing gum disease like gingivitis is killing oral bacteria and germs.

LPS Dental recommends the TheraBreath rinse for patients who want maximum protection against gum disease without the alcohol afterburn.


CPC (cetylpyridinium chloride) is an FDA-approved and periodontist recommended ingredient proven to kill germs that cause gum disease. Since the TheraBreath 24-Hour Healthy Gums Oral Rinse with Added CPC is alcohol-free, you can reduce the risk of gingivitis and periodontitis without irritation.

The TheraBreath rinse is also free of saccharin, sodium lauryl sulfate, and benzalkonium chloride. In addition, the rinse has several certifications, including:

  • Vegan
  • Diabetic-friendly
  • Cruelty-free
  • American-made
  • Kosher
  • Gluten-free
  • Environmentally friendly

TheraBreath is so confident in its rinse that it offers a 30-day 100% money-back guarantee.

How to Use

Fill the mouthwash cap completely and rinse for 60 seconds. Then, gargle for an additional 30 seconds.

For optimum results, use twice a day after brushing your teeth and avoid eating for at least five minutes after rinsing.

Using the rinse regularly can help you prevent plaque buildup and kill gum disease-causing bacteria. The clean mint flavor gives you fresh breath and an enjoyable aftertaste that doesn’t burn or irritate your gums.


Incorporating mouthwash into your daily oral hygiene routine is an excellent way to keep your mouth healthy and impress your dentist. However, even patients with the most meticulous oral care routine should visit their dentist regularly.

Scheduling a professional cleaning at least twice a year helps reduce the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems. Even if you are using the best mouthwash rinses available, professional cleaning removes stubborn plaque and tartar and keeps your smile looking its best.

The dental professionals at LPS Dental are passionate about helping patients achieve their healthiest and brightest smiles. Call the team at our Lincoln Park location at (312) 337-1665 or our Chicago Loop location at (312) 236-9325 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about best oral hygiene practices.

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