{"id":675550626098,"title":"Best Mouthwash for Bad Breath: Our 2024 Top Picks","created_at":"2024-02-07T12:33:05-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Best Mouthwash for Bad Breath: Our 2024 Top Picks\",\n \"keywords\": \"best mouthwash for bad breath\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team explains what causes bad breath and gives our two top picks (overall and discount) for mouthwash to treat bad breath. 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All statements are merely the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their dentist's guidance in regard to mouthwash.\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eT\u003c\/span\u003ehere are so many different mouthwash brands on the market that it can be hard for consumers to make an informed purchase decision. There's cheap mouthwash, \"natural\" mouthwash, alcohol-free mouthwash and more.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBut what actually causes bad breath, and can it be fixed with regular use of mouthwash? What ingredients should consumers be looking for, and looking to avoid? What's the best mouthwash brand in the US? And how do real people describe the effects of mouthwash on bad breath?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we review clinical studies to determine what causes bad breath, and whether or not it can be resolved with regular use of mouthwash. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe'll discuss ingredients to look for and to avoid, give our pick for the best mouthwash brand in the US, and feature unsponsored reviews from real people testing mouthwash for bad breath.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhat Causes Bad Breath?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe medical term for bad breath is halitosis, and it's caused by a buildup of \"bad\" bacteria in the mouth.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA 2005 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/15861957\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e describes this type of bacteria leading to bad breath as \"volatile sulfur compounds.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThis bacteria resides not only around the teeth, but also on the tongue, which is why it's important to regularly scrape the tongue for optimal oral hygiene.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFailing to regularly brush teeth and floss can cause this buildup of bad bacteria.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePoor oral hygiene is described as a leading cause of bad breath in a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3633265\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eJournal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine\u003c\/em\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThis suggests that even if mouthwash can help to temporarily improve bad breath, good oral hygiene is required for prevention of bad breath developing in the first place.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIndividuals who experience regular bad breath while maintaining proper oral hygiene should see a dentist, because there are rare causes such as throat infection or certain diseases.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCan Diet Fix Bad Breath?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA dentist and TikTok creator named \"Joycethedentist\" has a recommendation for dietary changes to improve breath:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@joycethedentist\/video\/7023134184931659013\" data-video-id=\"7023134184931659013\" style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca title=\"@joycethedentist\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@joycethedentist?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e@joycethedentist\u003c\/a\u003e You are welcome fresh breath fam \u003ca title=\"dentist\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/dentist?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#dentist\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"freshbreath\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/freshbreath?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#freshbreath\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"detox\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/detox?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#detox\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"fyp\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/fyp?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#fyp\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"♬ She Share Story (for Vlog) - 山口夕依\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/She-Share-Story-for-Vlog-6722656094272883458?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e♬ She Share Story (for Vlog) - 山口夕依\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\" async=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBest Mouthwash Ingredients\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIdeally when shopping for a mouthwash to treat bad breath, you want to look for one containing at least one active ingredient that's clinically shown to kill the bacteria causing bad breath.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere are both natural and synthetic compounds that are clinically shown to be effective against halitosis.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCetylpyridum chloride\u003c\/strong\u003e was described as an \"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003eeffective agent for halitosis reduction\" in a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/24112735\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eArchives of Oral Biology\u003c\/em\u003e journal.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eEssential oils\u003c\/strong\u003e such as tea tree oil, lavender oil and eucalyptus oil are naturally-derived and have antibacterial effects that can reduce halitosis, according to a 2020 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/33200432\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe tend to prefer naturally-derived compounds generally, and the above-linked medical review noted that essential oils have been used to treat halitosis for centuries.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReal People Test Mouthwashes\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe popular YouTube channel \"Good Mythical Morning\" did a test of various mouthwash brands:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/fZHfBo6C-18?si=MCzhMc3p6Y-TrHBV\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe TikTok creator \"Joycethedentist\" has a fascinating video testing the effects of different mouthwash brands on nitric oxide levels, which is associated with heart health:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@joycethedentist\/video\/7236146959168359723\" data-video-id=\"7236146959168359723\" style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca title=\"@joycethedentist\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@joycethedentist?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e@joycethedentist\u003c\/a\u003e Lets not use blanket statements: not ALL mouthrinse is bad! Im on a mission to find out which mouthrinses can stay and which ones gotta go. Which mouthwash should I test next? \u003ca title=\"mouthwash\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/mouthwash?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#mouthwash\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"mouthrinse\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/mouthrinse?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#mouthrinse\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"♬ original sound - Joycethedentist\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/original-sound-7236146978189560622?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e♬ original sound - Joycethedentist\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\" async=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Clean Mouthwash Picks\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Mouthwash_Image_Optimized.png?v=1707338809\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe favor mouthwash brands that use essential oils as active ingredients, without any unhealthy inactive ingredients.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3uoRe72\"\u003eTooth \u0026amp; Gums Tonic\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e by Dental Herb Company is our top overall mouthwash.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThis product contains research-backed essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender\u003c\/strong\u003e, and lasts over two months if used as directed.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/488dgZl\"\u003eEco-Dent Mouthwash\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e is our top discount mouthwash.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis brand contains a blend of 12 essential oils, and only costs $9.99 at the time of publishing this article.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBoth of the products recommended in this section are entirely free of ingredients that we consider to be unhealthy.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eConclusion\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMouthwash can be a good part of a holistic plan to treat bad breath, but shouldn't be seen as a single solution.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBad breath is typically caused by poor oral hygiene, so it's important that individuals with bad breath also focus on prevention, through regular brushing, flossing and tongue scraping.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe recommend that consumers looking for mouthwash choose a brand that uses essential oils for active ingredients, and is free of unhealthy additives like artificial dyes or flavoring agents.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere are synthetic compounds clinically shown to reduce bad breath, but some of these compounds may have negative effects on cardiovascular health by limiting production of nitric oxide in the body.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDiet may also influence breath, and in this article we featured a video from a dentist suggesting some dietary changes that individuals with bad breath can try.\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2024-02-07T16:16:33-05:00","updated_at":"2024-02-07T16:17:05-05:00","summary_html":"We explain what causes bad breath and gives our two top picks (overall and discount) for mouthwash to treat bad breath. 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Best Mouthwash for Bad Breath: Our 2024 Top Picks

Best Mouthwash for Bad Breath: Our 2024 Top Picks


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Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice. All statements are merely the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their dentist's guidance in regard to mouthwash.

There are so many different mouthwash brands on the market that it can be hard for consumers to make an informed purchase decision. There's cheap mouthwash, "natural" mouthwash, alcohol-free mouthwash and more.

But what actually causes bad breath, and can it be fixed with regular use of mouthwash? What ingredients should consumers be looking for, and looking to avoid? What's the best mouthwash brand in the US? And how do real people describe the effects of mouthwash on bad breath?

In this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we review clinical studies to determine what causes bad breath, and whether or not it can be resolved with regular use of mouthwash. 

We'll discuss ingredients to look for and to avoid, give our pick for the best mouthwash brand in the US, and feature unsponsored reviews from real people testing mouthwash for bad breath.

What Causes Bad Breath?

The medical term for bad breath is halitosis, and it's caused by a buildup of "bad" bacteria in the mouth.

A 2005 medical review describes this type of bacteria leading to bad breath as "volatile sulfur compounds."

This bacteria resides not only around the teeth, but also on the tongue, which is why it's important to regularly scrape the tongue for optimal oral hygiene.

Failing to regularly brush teeth and floss can cause this buildup of bad bacteria.

Poor oral hygiene is described as a leading cause of bad breath in a medical review published in the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine.

This suggests that even if mouthwash can help to temporarily improve bad breath, good oral hygiene is required for prevention of bad breath developing in the first place.

Individuals who experience regular bad breath while maintaining proper oral hygiene should see a dentist, because there are rare causes such as throat infection or certain diseases.

Can Diet Fix Bad Breath?

A dentist and TikTok creator named "Joycethedentist" has a recommendation for dietary changes to improve breath:

@joycethedentist You are welcome fresh breath fam #dentist #freshbreath #detox #fyp ♬ She Share Story (for Vlog) - 山口夕依

Best Mouthwash Ingredients

Ideally when shopping for a mouthwash to treat bad breath, you want to look for one containing at least one active ingredient that's clinically shown to kill the bacteria causing bad breath.

There are both natural and synthetic compounds that are clinically shown to be effective against halitosis.

Cetylpyridum chloride was described as an "effective agent for halitosis reduction" in a clinical trial published in the Archives of Oral Biology journal.

Essential oils such as tea tree oil, lavender oil and eucalyptus oil are naturally-derived and have antibacterial effects that can reduce halitosis, according to a 2020 medical review.

We tend to prefer naturally-derived compounds generally, and the above-linked medical review noted that essential oils have been used to treat halitosis for centuries.

Real People Test Mouthwashes

The popular YouTube channel "Good Mythical Morning" did a test of various mouthwash brands:

The TikTok creator "Joycethedentist" has a fascinating video testing the effects of different mouthwash brands on nitric oxide levels, which is associated with heart health:

@joycethedentist Lets not use blanket statements: not ALL mouthrinse is bad! Im on a mission to find out which mouthrinses can stay and which ones gotta go. Which mouthwash should I test next? #mouthwash #mouthrinse ♬ original sound - Joycethedentist

Our Clean Mouthwash Picks

We favor mouthwash brands that use essential oils as active ingredients, without any unhealthy inactive ingredients.

Tooth & Gums Tonic by Dental Herb Company is our top overall mouthwash.

This product contains research-backed essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender, and lasts over two months if used as directed.

Eco-Dent Mouthwash is our top discount mouthwash.

This brand contains a blend of 12 essential oils, and only costs $9.99 at the time of publishing this article.

Both of the products recommended in this section are entirely free of ingredients that we consider to be unhealthy.

Stay up-to-date on our research reviews

Conclusion

Mouthwash can be a good part of a holistic plan to treat bad breath, but shouldn't be seen as a single solution.

Bad breath is typically caused by poor oral hygiene, so it's important that individuals with bad breath also focus on prevention, through regular brushing, flossing and tongue scraping.

We recommend that consumers looking for mouthwash choose a brand that uses essential oils for active ingredients, and is free of unhealthy additives like artificial dyes or flavoring agents.

There are synthetic compounds clinically shown to reduce bad breath, but some of these compounds may have negative effects on cardiovascular health by limiting production of nitric oxide in the body.

Diet may also influence breath, and in this article we featured a video from a dentist suggesting some dietary changes that individuals with bad breath can try.