Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash

Dentist Tested and Reviewed | Time to Read: 7 mins
Dr Advocate Avatar IconUpdated: August 31, 2022
By: Dr. Advocate

Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash | 4 Products being reviewedThe majority of mouthwashes you find at the store seek to reduce the microbial load in your mouth, eliminating bad breath; however, other oral rinses treat various issues, including dry mouth, oral fungus, stained teeth, and oral pain.

In addition, individuals with sensitive gums may have challenges with some of these products because of the harsh active ingredients. Gum tissue is susceptible and, if adversely triggered, can lead to redness, pain, peeling, and irritation. For example, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a common ingredient in most over-the-counter mouthwash that has been shown to cause gum irritation.

Several products provide oral health benefits while still being gentle on the gum tissue. However, gum irritation can occur from SLS, trauma, oral accident, tissue burn, mouth sores, or denture irritations. Therefore, oral hygiene becomes even more important to prevent further irritation and possible complications.

Let’s take a look at the four best oral rinse for sensitive gums.



Evaluation Criteria

We highlight each product's unique, advertised benefits, identify their pros and cons and score each one from 1 to 5 based on four categories. The oral rinse with the highest score is crowned the overall champion; however, we’ll also give suggested patient benefits for each product. Prices listed are subject to change and discussed in each review, however they were not considered within the scoring criteria.


  1. Effectiveness: Does the mouthwash treat the advertised need? How effective were the results?
  2. Comfort: Are you able to swish for recommended time? Did it sting or burn? How did the mouth feel afterwards?
  3. Taste: How was the overall taste? Was it tolerable? Did it alter your sense of taste?
  4. Likeability: Is the product likeable and enjoyable to use? Are you able to use it as directed?



Oxyfresh Fresh Breath Mouthwash

Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash | Oxyfresh Fresh Breath Lemon Mint Mouthwash

Oxyfresh was founded in 1984 and develops oral care products for people and pets. They create “safe, eco-friendly solutions that combine science and natural ingredients.” Also, they have products that treat multiple oral health problems, including bad breath, sensitive teeth, mouth sores, gingivitis, and gum disease. Oxyfresh oral rinse was awarded first place in the 2020 Family Choice Awards.

Let’s take a closer look at this flavorful mouthwash.


Highlights
  • $14.50 per bottle (16 oz)
  • Dentist approved
  • Instant, all-day fresh breath
  • Reduces harmful bacteria by 44%
  • Improves plaque index by 79%
  • pH-balanced
  • Contains essential oils, aloe and xylitol
  • Alcohol-free and dye free

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Likeability: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Total: 19/20


Directions
  • Shake well
  • Swish 1-2 capfuls for 1 minute
  • Use in morning and after meals

Pros

Oxyfresh mouthwash is different from all other products tested. Its lemon mint flavor is much sweeter than other rinses that are overpowering and uncomfortable to swish. It was comfortable and enjoyable to use. There was no burning, stinging, or dry mouth aftertaste. Also, it was effective at eliminating bad breath and leaving our mouths clean and refreshed.


Cons

One minor concern was that the lemon mint aroma reminded us of a chemical cleaning product. It was an odd experience from an otherwise fantastic product.


Best for patients with bad breath and dry mouth




CloSYS Non-Irritating Rinse

Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash | CloSYS Non-Irritating Rinse

In 1980, Dr. Perry Ratcliff founded Closys to replace ineffective and irritating oral rinses. He formulated an extremely effective yet gentle oral rinse that a small group of dentists praised. Closys Oral Care was born and continues to create high quality, comfortable oral rinses. Their products are made in the USA and are free from alcohols, sulfates, and triclosan.

Let’s take a closer look at this non-irritating rinse.


Highlights
  • $11.50 per bottle (32 oz)
  • American Dental Association accepted
  • Gentle mint flavor
  • Naturally activated and pH balanced
  • Reduces bad breath
  • Free from alcohols, sulfates and triclosans
  • Floss or water irrigate between teeth
  • Brush teeth with CloSYS toothpaste
  • Rinse for 30-45 seconds with 1 capful
  • Try not to eat or drink for 20 minutes

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Likeability: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Total: 20/20


Pros

CloSYS is comfortable and surprisingly flavorful. There’s no burning, stinging, bitterness, or odd aftertaste. They formulated an effective product that’s highly desirable. They offer other flavors and an ultrasensitive non-irritating rinse if this product is difficult to tolerate.


Cons

No concerns were observed.


Best for patients with sensitive gums and design gentle mint flavor.




TheraBreath Dentist Formulated Fresh Breath Oral Rinse

Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash | Therabreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse

Dr. Harold Katz created TheraBreath to help his daughter overcome her struggle with bad breath. Since 1994 they’ve been creating oral care products that treat halitosis, gum disease, tooth decay, stained teeth, immune support, tooth sensitivity, and dry mouth. The original TheraBreath formulation attacks odor-causing bacteria rather than masking it with heavy flavors or powerful odors. TheraBreath is one of the five largest oral care companies and the largest privately-held manufacturer. TheraBreath Oral Rinse stimulates saliva flow and circulates antibacterial, oxygen-rich bacteria throughout your mouth.

Let’s take a closer look at this product.


Highlights
  • $6.99 per bottle (16 oz)
  • American Dental Association accepted
  • Dentist formulated
  • Fights bad breath for 24 hours
  • Alcohol-free formulation doesn’t burn or irritate
  • Oxygenated ingredients that kills bad bacteria
  • Mild mint is gentle on sensitive gums
  • No artificial flavor or colors
  • Certified kosher, vegan and gluten-free
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Likeability: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒

Total: 19/20


Directions
  • Rinse mouth for 1 minute with one capful
  • Gargle with another capful for 30 seconds to clean throat
  • Wait 5 minutes before eating
  • Use morning and night
  • For best results use with TheraBreath Toothpaste

Pros

Dr. Katz developed a formula that works at reducing bad breath. Immediately you realize how comfortable it is to swish around. You forget you’re using mouthwash as it seems like you’re swishing with water. The mild mint flavor is just the right amount to be refreshing but not overpowering. After multiple days of use, morning breath is eliminated, guaranteed, or your money back. We were pleased with the overall effectiveness of this product.


Cons

The directions state to use one capful for 1 minute followed by another capful for 30 seconds. If you continued this regimen twice a day, you would need a new bottle every week. One option is to use one capful for one-minute swishing and gargling or half a capful for each.


Best for patients with sensitive gums and averse to overpowering flavors.




StellaLife VEGA Antimicrobial Rinse

Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash | StellaLife VEGA Antimicrobial Rinse

StellaLife is passionate about providing patients with safe, natural, and effective oral care products. They’re a biotech oral health company that “innovates and seeks social responsibility.” Their products include pain relief gel, bad breath rinse, and dry mouth spray. They have received the Dental Advisor Oral Healing Product Top Award for 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Let’s take a closer look at this award winning product.


Highlights
  • $27.99 per bottle (16 oz)
  • Natural, antimicrobial oral rinse
  • Hydrates and promotes healthy gums
  • Maintains oral health and freshens breath
  • Peppermint or coconut flavor
  • Reduces bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease
  • Non-staining, sugar-free and non-toxic

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
Likeability: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒

Total: 17/20


Directions
  • Specifically for adults and children over 6 years old
  • Use 10 mL rinse for 1-2 minutes then spit out
  • Use up to 3 times per day
  • Refrain from eating or drinking for 20 minutes after

Pros

This product was comfortable to swish and provided hours of dry mouth relief. The peppermint flavor was intense but enjoyable. The product comes with a measuring cup for accurate pours each time, and the directions are simple to follow. Natural flavors are beneficial, and limiting teeth stains is a bonus. Aso, it’s encouraging that they were able to combine antimicrobial benefits with dry mouth hydration.


Cons

The aftertaste was unique and slightly bitter. However, it seemed to subside after 20-30 mins. Unfortunately, they only recommend using this product three times per day, so we would recommend other products if you need repeated refreshing.


Best for patients that value natural ingredients and antimicrobial benefits.




Overall Champion: CloSYS Non-Irritating Rinse*

Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash | CloSYS Non-Irritating Rinse

CloSYS edged out TheraBreath and Oxyfresh to claim the top spot. CloSYS and TheraBreath are similar in flavor and comfort. Both products are recommended for patients that desire a mild taste. Oxyfresh has a robust flavor with lasting freshness. CloSYS offers many other types of mouthwash, including Multi-Benefit 55+Rinse and an Ultrasensitive Non-Irritating Rinse.


Final Rankings
  1. CloSYS Non-Irritating Rinse 20/20
  2. TheraBreath Dentist Formulated Fresh Breath Oral Rinse 19/20
  3. Oxyfresh Fresh Breath Mouthwash 19/20
  4. StellaLife VEGA Antimicrobial Rinse 17/20

* My Dental Advocate product reviews are based on individual experience and your results with the products may vary.


Dr Advocate Avatar IconAbout the Author

Dr. Advocate is an actual board-certified dentist with clinical practice experience and a mission to provide accurate dental patient education. He believes everyone should access easy-to-read dental resources presented in layman’s terms with relevant, up-to-date dental research and insight to improve their oral health.



Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash

Dentist Tested and Reviewed
Time to Read: 7 mins

Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash | 4 Products being reviewed
Dr Advocate Avatar IconUpdated: August 31, 2022
By: Dr. Advocate

The majority of mouthwashes you find at the store seek to reduce the microbial load in your mouth, eliminating bad breath; however, other oral rinses treat various issues, including dry mouth, oral fungus, stained teeth, and oral pain.

In addition, individuals with sensitive gums may have challenges with some of these products because of the harsh active ingredients. Gum tissue is susceptible and, if adversely triggered, can lead to redness, pain, peeling, and irritation. For example, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a common ingredient in most over-the-counter mouthwash that has been shown to cause gum irritation.

Several products provide oral health benefits while still being gentle on the gum tissue. However, gum irritation can occur from SLS, trauma, oral accident, tissue burn, mouth sores, or denture irritations. Therefore, oral hygiene becomes even more important to prevent further irritation and possible complications.

Let’s take a look at the four best oral rinse for sensitive gums.



Evaluation Criteria

We highlight each product's unique, advertised benefits, identify their pros and cons and score each one from 1 to 5 based on four categories. The oral rinse with the highest score is crowned the overall champion; however, we’ll also give suggested patient benefits for each product. Prices listed are subject to change and discussed in each review, however they were not considered within the scoring criteria.


  1. Effectiveness: Does the mouthwash treat the advertised need? How effective were the results?
  2. Comfort: Are you able to swish for recommended time? Did it sting or burn? How did the mouth feel afterwards?
  3. Taste: How was the overall taste? Was it tolerable? Did it alter your sense of taste?
  4. Likeability: Is the product likeable and enjoyable to use? Are you able to use it as directed?



Oxyfresh Fresh Breath Mouthwash

Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash | Oxyfresh Fresh Breath Lemon Mint Mouthwash

Oxyfresh was founded in 1984 and develops oral care products for people and pets. They create “safe, eco-friendly solutions that combine science and natural ingredients.” Also, they have products that treat multiple oral health problems, including bad breath, sensitive teeth, mouth sores, gingivitis, and gum disease. Oxyfresh oral rinse was awarded first place in the 2020 Family Choice Awards.

Let’s take a closer look at this flavorful mouthwash.


Highlights

  • $14.50 per bottle (16 oz)
  • Dentist approved
  • Instant, all-day fresh breath
  • Reduces harmful bacteria by 44%
  • Improves plaque index by 79%
  • pH-balanced
  • Contains essential oils, aloe and xylitol
  • Alcohol-free and dye free


Pros

Oxyfresh mouthwash is different from all other products tested. Its lemon mint flavor is much sweeter than other rinses that are overpowering and uncomfortable to swish. It was comfortable and enjoyable to use. There was no burning, stinging, or dry mouth aftertaste. Also, it was effective at eliminating bad breath and leaving our mouths clean and refreshed.


Cons

One minor concern was that the lemon mint aroma reminded us of a chemical cleaning product. It was an odd experience from an otherwise fantastic product.


Directions

  • Shake well
  • Swish 1-2 capfuls for 1 minute
  • Use in morning and after meals


Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑


Total: 19/20


Best for patients with
bad breath and dry mouth





CloSYS Non-Irritating Rinse

Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash | CloSYS Non-Irritating Rinse

In 1980, Dr. Perry Ratcliff founded Closys to replace ineffective and irritating oral rinses. He formulated an extremely effective yet gentle oral rinse that a small group of dentists praised. Closys Oral Care was born and continues to create high quality, comfortable oral rinses. Their products are made in the USA and are free from alcohols, sulfates, and triclosan.

Let’s take a closer look at this non-irritating rinse.


Highlights

  • $11.50 per bottle (32 oz)
  • American Dental Association accepted
  • Gentle mint flavor
  • Naturally activated and pH balanced
  • Reduces bad breath
  • Free from alcohols, sulfates and triclosans
  • Floss or water irrigate between teeth
  • Brush teeth with CloSYS toothpaste
  • Rinse for 30-45 seconds with 1 capful
  • Try not to eat or drink for 20 minutes


Pros

CloSYS is comfortable and surprisingly flavorful. There’s no burning, stinging, bitterness, or odd aftertaste. They formulated an effective product that’s highly desirable. They offer other flavors and an ultrasensitive non-irritating rinse if this product is difficult to tolerate.


Cons

No concerns were observed.


Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑


Total: 20/20


Best for patients with sensitive gums and design gentle mint flavor.





TheraBreath Dentist Formulated Fresh Breath Oral Rinse

Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash | Therabreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse

Dr. Harold Katz created TheraBreath to help his daughter overcome her struggle with bad breath. Since 1994 they’ve been creating oral care products that treat halitosis, gum disease, tooth decay, stained teeth, immune support, tooth sensitivity, and dry mouth. The original TheraBreath formulation attacks odor-causing bacteria rather than masking it with heavy flavors or powerful odors. TheraBreath is one of the five largest oral care companies and the largest privately-held manufacturer. TheraBreath Oral Rinse stimulates saliva flow and circulates antibacterial, oxygen-rich bacteria throughout your mouth.

Let’s take a closer look at this product.


Highlights

  • $6.99 per bottle (16 oz)
  • American Dental Association accepted
  • Dentist formulated
  • Fights bad breath for 24 hours
  • Alcohol-free formulation doesn’t burn or irritate
  • Oxygenated ingredients that kills bad bacteria
  • Mild mint is gentle on sensitive gums
  • No artificial flavor or colors
  • Certified kosher, vegan and gluten-free
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee


Pros

Dr. Katz developed a formula that works at reducing bad breath. Immediately you realize how comfortable it is to swish around. You forget you’re using mouthwash as it seems like you’re swishing with water. The mild mint flavor is just the right amount to be refreshing but not overpowering. After multiple days of use, morning breath is eliminated, guaranteed, or your money back. We were pleased with the overall effectiveness of this product.


Cons

The directions state to use one capful for 1 minute followed by another capful for 30 seconds. If you continued this regimen twice a day, you would need a new bottle every week. One option is to use one capful for one-minute swishing and gargling or half a capful for each.


Directions

  • Rinse mouth for 1 minute with one capful
  • Gargle with another capful for 30 seconds to clean throat
  • Wait 5 minutes before eating
  • Use morning and night
  • For best results use with TheraBreath Toothpaste


Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒


Total: 19/20


Best for patients with sensitive gums and averse to overpowering flavors.





StellaLife VEGA Antimicrobial Rinse

Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash | StellaLife VEGA Antimicrobial Rinse

StellaLife is passionate about providing patients with safe, natural, and effective oral care products. They’re a biotech oral health company that “innovates and seeks social responsibility.” Their products include pain relief gel, bad breath rinse, and dry mouth spray. They have received the Dental Advisor Oral Healing Product Top Award for 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Let’s take a closer look at this award winning product.


Highlights

  • $27.99 per bottle (16 oz)
  • Natural, antimicrobial oral rinse
  • Hydrates and promotes healthy gums
  • Maintains oral health and freshens breath
  • Peppermint or coconut flavor
  • Reduces bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease
  • Non-staining, sugar-free and non-toxic


Pros

This product was comfortable to swish and provided hours of dry mouth relief. The peppermint flavor was intense but enjoyable. The product comes with a measuring cup for accurate pours each time, and the directions are simple to follow. Natural flavors are beneficial, and limiting teeth stains is a bonus. Aso, it’s encouraging that they were able to combine antimicrobial benefits with dry mouth hydration.


Cons

The aftertaste was unique and slightly bitter. However, it seemed to subside after 20-30 mins. Unfortunately, they only recommend using this product three times per day, so we would recommend other products if you need repeated refreshing.


Directions

  • Specifically for adults and children over 6 years old
  • Use 10 mL rinse for 1-2 minutes then spit out
  • Use up to 3 times per day
  • Refrain from eating or drinking for 20 minutes after


Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Likeability:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒


Total: 17/20


Best for patients that value natural ingredients and antimicrobial benefits.





Overall Champion:
CloSYS Non-Irritating Rinse*

Top 4 Best Sensitive Gums Mouthwash | CloSYS Non-Irritating Rinse

CloSYS edged out TheraBreath and Oxyfresh to claim the top spot. CloSYS and TheraBreath are similar in flavor and comfort. Both products are recommended for patients that desire a mild taste. Oxyfresh has a robust flavor with lasting freshness. CloSYS offers many other types of mouthwash, including Multi-Benefit 55+Rinse and an Ultrasensitive Non-Irritating Rinse.



Final Rankings
  1. CloSYS Non-Irritating Rinse 20/20
  2. TheraBreath Dentist Formulated Fresh Breath Oral Rinse 19/20
  3. Oxyfresh Fresh Breath Mouthwash 19/20
  4. StellaLife VEGA Antimicrobial Rinse 17/20

* My Dental Advocate product reviews are based on individual experience and your results with the products may vary.


Dr Advocate Avatar Icon
About the Author

Dr. Advocate is an actual board-certified dentist with clinical practice experience and a mission to provide accurate dental patient education. He believes everyone should access easy-to-read dental resources presented in layman’s terms with relevant, up-to-date dental research and insight to improve their oral health.



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