Top 7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash

Dentist Tested and Reviewed | Time to Read: 13 mins
Dr Advocate Avatar IconUpdated: August 31, 2022
By: Dr. Advocate

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | Photo of 7 products being reviewedMost mouthwashes you find at the store seek to reduce the microbial load in your mouth; however other oral rinses treat dry mouth, oral fungus, bad breath, and oral pain. A dry mouth can lead to bad breath, also known as halitosis because it allows harmful bacteria to thrive.

Halitosis can be indirectly caused by medications, autoimmune disease, or head and neck radiation. Unfortunately, halitosis can be embarrassing and inhibit confidence and self-esteem.


Common Causes of Bad Breath

  • Dental issues
  • Mouth, nose and throat infections
  • Dry mouth
  • Smoking and tobacco
  • Other chronic conditions

Today, several quality products can help combat this uncomfortable issue. Let’s look at the Top 7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash and how they compare from a dentist’s perspective.



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: Were 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 my sense of taste?
  4. Directions: Were the directions clear and simple to understand? Are they desiring unrealistic expectations?



TheraBreath Dentist Formulated Fresh Breath Oral Rinse

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | 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 America’s top 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: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Directions: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒

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 was 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 of gargling. 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.




TheraBreath PLUS Dentist Formulated Maximum Strength Oral Rinse

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | Therabreath Maximum Strength Oral Rinse

TheraBreath PLUS is an advanced formula that seeks to help people suffering from the most severe cases of halitosis. Their original formula is fortified with soothing aloe vera and naturally antibacterial green tea, zinc gluconate, and tea tree oil. This is TheraBreath’s most robust bad breath-fighting oral rinse and is also helpful after eating odor-rich foods.

Let’s take a closer look at how this product compares to its competitors.


Highlights
  • $13.99 per bottle (16 oz)
  • Dentist formulated
  • Fights bad breath for 24 hours
  • Alcohol-free formulation doesn’t burn or irritate
  • Oxygenated ingredients that kills bad bacteria
  • Peppermint flavor
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • Certified kosher, vegan and gluten-free
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Contains green tea, xylitol and aloe

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Directions: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒

Total: 16/20


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

Pros

As soon as you begin swishing, you realize this rinse has more kick than TheraBreath’s original oral rinse. The peppermint flavor is refreshing and more potent than the mild mint flavor. After you spit it out, you experience an icy sensation and a comfortable amount of tissue moistness. After using it for several days, it effectively eliminated bad breath and morning breath.


Cons

As mentioned before, the peppermint flavor was refreshing; however, it was slightly overpowering and seemed to irritate the gum tissue. Nevertheless, it eliminated a tingling and burning sensation after spitting it out. Also, we observed an altered sense of taste. Like the original formula, recommended 1.5 capfuls morning and night will quickly deplete the bad breath fighting oral rinse.


Best for patients with severe halitosis or consume odor rich foods.




SmartMouth Original Activated Dual-Solution Breath Rinse

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | SmartMouth Original Activated Dual-Solution Breath Rinse

Dr. Marvin Cohen founded SmartMouth Oral Health Laboratories in 1993. Dr. Cohen was a leader in the research and development of products to combat Halitosis. He formulated this product to eliminate sulfur gas production using patented zinc ion activated technology. Their bottle design has dual chambers to harness the power of both bad breath fighting solutions.

Let’s take a closer look at this product.


Highlights
  • $10.99 per bottle (16 oz)
  • 24-hour bad breath prevention
  • Dual-chamber solution
  • Activates zinc ions
  • Blocks sulfur gas
  • All-day clean breath
  • Eliminates morning breath
  • No aftertaste and alcohol-free
  • Fresh mint
  • Safe for diabetics
  • Guaranteed effectiveness

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Directions: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒

Total: 17/20


Directions
  • Use as directed for adults and children 12 years and older
  • Supervised use for children 6-12 years old
  • Remove green spacer and seal
  • Push down firmly to secure spout and cap
  • Pour to line on cup
  • Rinse, gargle and spit out after 30 seconds
  • Use twice daily

Pros

SmartMouth has a refreshing mint flavor that sticks around for many hours after use. It effectively eliminates bad breath during the day and morning breath when you wake up. It has minimal burning along the inside of the cheeks and great aftertaste with no taste aversion. We were pleased with the overall comfort of this product.


Cons

One noted concern is a sense of dry mouth sensation after spitting it out. This doesn’t take away from its effectiveness; however, it’s an uncomfortable feeling for the oral tissue. Also, the bottle may leak if it’s shaken or tips over, so be aware of this when storing.


Best for patients looking for a refreshing mint flavor and powerful bad breath fighting effectiveness.




Oxyfresh Fresh Breath Lemon Mint Mouthwash

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | 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: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Directions: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

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. However, 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 your mouth clean and refreshed.


Cons

One minor concern was that the lemon mint aroma reminded us of a chemical cleaning product flavor. It was difficult to shake this correlation from an otherwise impressive product.


Best for patients with bad breath and dry mouth.




Philips Sonicare BreathRx Antibacterial Mouth Rinse

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | Philips Sonicare BreathRx Antibacterial Mouth Rinse

Philips Sonicare is most well known for its award-winning electric toothbrush; however, they also have an antibacterial mouth rinse. Sixty million Americans struggle with halitosis, so this is one of several products that desire to freshen up people’s mouths. This product targets volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) and eliminates 99% of germs that cause oral malodor. It attacks and kills the germs using a proprietary alcohol-free blend of antibacterial cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) and Zytex.

Let’s take a closer look at this product.


Highlights
  • $9.99 per bottle (16 oz)
  • Antibacterial mouth rinse
  • Clinically proven to reduce bad breath 3x better
  • Zinc and essential oils with Zytex
  • Neutralizes bad breath
  • Alcohol-free and sugar-free
  • Clean mint flavor

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭒⭒⭒
Taste: ⭑⭑⭒⭒⭒
Directions: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Total: 14/20


Directions
  • Do not swallow rinse
  • Permitted for adults and children 12 years and older
  • Vigorously swish 20 mL of rinse, twice a day for 30 seconds and then spit out

Pros

Philips has formulated a great product to combat halitosis and reduce plaque buildup. It has a strong mint flavor that will knock your socks off. In addition, it provides a lasting and effective refreshing taste after spitting out. This product pairs nicely when used with Philips Sonicare AirFloss Pro.


Cons

I would have thought this product contained alcohol because of how overpowering and intense the flavor was. Also, the aftertaste was bitter and left the mouth feeling parched and dry. We believe this product is best when paired with the AirFloss Pro because of its potency, which may be uncomfortable for daily use.


Best for patients that desire plaque reduction and malodor elimination.




Oral-B Breath Therapy Mouthwash

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | Oral-B Breath Therapy Mouthwash

Oral-B was founded in 1949 by a periodontist and his wife to create a safer and more effective toothbrush. The brand “trusted by dentists and consumers worldwide” offers many products to meet your unique oral care needs. Oral-B’s Special Rinse Collection is designed to meet your oral health needs for a healthier mouth. Their product line treats dry mouth, bad breath, cavities, and mouth sores. The Oral-B Breath Therapy Oral Rinse is scientifically proven to neutralize bad breath all day.

Let’s take a closer look at this new rinse.


Highlights
  • $8.50 per bottle (16 oz)
  • Mild mint flavor
  • Scientifically formulated
  • Neutralize bad breath
  • Alcohol-free
  • No artificial dyes, parabens or gluten
  • Free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Directions: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Total: 19/20


Directions
  • Swish thoroughly for one minute and spit out
  • Not intended to be swallowed
  • Refresh your mouth at any time of day

Pros

Oral-B Breath Therapy Mouthwash is a fantastic product that combines excellent flavor and comfortable relief. Mild mint is perfectly gentle and refreshing. There’s no burning, stinging, or unique aftertaste. In addition, they developed a great product that will suppress odor-causing bacteria. This product is almost identical to the TheraBreath original in regards to ingredients, taste, texture, and effectiveness.


Cons

The only concern may be how mild the mint flavor is for patients expecting a more flavorful rinse. Otherwise, Oral-B exceeded expectations with this product.


Best for patients desiring bad breath relief with mild flavoring.




Crest Breath Bacteria Blast Mouthwash

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | Crest Breath Bacteria Blast Mouthwash

Crest is a leader in the oral health care community combining years of research with product development. Crest Whitestrips is their most desired product; however, they’re also known for their innovative toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss. Crest Breath Bacteria Blast Mouthwash targets odor-causing bacteria and periodontitis bacteria and whitens teeth with hydrogen peroxide. Multiple benefits in one mouthwash.

Let’s take a closer look at this multi-care whitening mouthwash.


Highlights
  • $23.50 per bottle (32 oz)
  • Kills millions of bad breath bacteria
  • Provides fresh breath that lasts
  • Whitens teeth in 7 days
  • Protects against new surface stain
  • Hydrogen peroxide removes stains
  • Icy cool mint flavor

Results

Effectiveness: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Comfort: ⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
Taste: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
Directions: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Total: 17/20


Directions
  • Adults and children 12 years and older
  • Rinse for 60 seconds with 15 mL morning and night
  • Do not swallow

Pros

This multi-care mouthwash proves effective and refreshing. When you begin swishing, you feel the hydrogen peroxide foaming to kill bacteria and whiten your teeth. The icy fantastic mint flavor is enjoyable. After spitting it out, there’s no dryness, and your mouth is moist for many hours. The foaming sensation is a unique sensation.


Cons

Although this rinse has excellent flavor because it has alcohol, it burns and stings sensitive gums and tissue. As a result, it may be difficult for some individuals to tolerate for the full 60 seconds.


Best for patients who desire fresh breath with whitening features.




Overall Champion: TheraBreath Dentist Formulated Fresh Breath Oral Rinse*

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | Therabreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse

There was a three-way tie between TheraBreath, Oral-B, and Oxyfresh. All three received high scores because of their effectiveness, non-burning, and refreshing flavor. Oxyfresh is different from the other two because of its sweet lemon-mint taste. This will be recommended if you find that desirable. TheraBreath edged out Oral-B because the mint flavor was slightly more pronounced and tasteful. However, you wouldn’t go wrong between these three great products.


Final Rankings
  1. TheraBreath Dentist Formulated Fresh Breath Oral Rinse 19/20
  2. Oral-B Breath Therapy Mouthwash 19/20
  3. Oxyfresh Fresh Breath Lemon Mint Mouthwash 19/20
  4. SmartMouth Original Activated Dual-Solution Breath Rinse 17/20
  5. Crest Breath Bacteria Blast Mouthwash 17/20
  6. TheraBreath PLUS Dentist Formulated Max Strength Oral Rinse 16/20
  7. Philips Sonicare BreathRx Antibacterial Mouth Rinse 14/20

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


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Top 7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash

Dentist Tested and Reviewed
Time to Read: 13 mins

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | Photo of 7 products being reviewed
Dr Advocate Avatar IconUpdated: August 31, 2022
By: Dr. Advocate

Most mouthwashes you find at the store seek to reduce the microbial load in your mouth; however other oral rinses treat dry mouth, oral fungus, bad breath, and oral pain. A dry mouth can lead to bad breath, also known as halitosis because it allows harmful bacteria to thrive.

Halitosis can be indirectly caused by medications, autoimmune disease, or head and neck radiation. Unfortunately, halitosis can be embarrassing and inhibit confidence and self-esteem.

Common Causes
of Bad Breath

  • Dental issues
  • Mouth, nose and throat infections
  • Dry mouth
  • Smoking and tobacco
  • Other chronic conditions

Today, several quality products can help combat this uncomfortable issue. Let’s look at the Top 7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash and how they compare from a dentist’s perspective.



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: Were 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 my sense of taste?
  4. Directions: Were the directions clear and simple to understand? Are they desiring unrealistic expectations?



TheraBreath Dentist Formulated Fresh Breath Oral Rinse

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | 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 America’s top 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 was 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 of gargling. 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:
Directions:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒


Total: 19/20


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





TheraBreath PLUS Dentist Formulated Maximum Strength Oral Rinse

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | Therabreath Maximum Strength Oral Rinse

TheraBreath PLUS is an advanced formula that seeks to help people suffering from the most severe cases of halitosis. Their original formula is fortified with soothing aloe vera and naturally antibacterial green tea, zinc gluconate, and tea tree oil. This is TheraBreath’s most robust bad breath-fighting oral rinse and is also helpful after eating odor-rich foods.

Let’s take a closer look at how this product compares to its competitors.


Highlights

  • $13.99 per bottle (16 oz)
  • Dentist formulated
  • Fights bad breath for 24 hours
  • Alcohol-free formulation doesn’t burn or irritate
  • Oxygenated ingredients that kills bad bacteria
  • Peppermint flavor
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • Certified kosher, vegan and gluten-free
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Contains green tea, xylitol and aloe


Pros

As soon as you begin swishing, you realize this rinse has more kick than TheraBreath’s original oral rinse. The peppermint flavor is refreshing and more potent than the mild mint flavor. After you spit it out, you experience an icy sensation and a comfortable amount of tissue moistness. After using it for several days, it effectively eliminated bad breath and morning breath.


Cons

As mentioned before, the peppermint flavor was refreshing; however, it was slightly overpowering and seemed to irritate the gum tissue. Nevertheless, it eliminated a tingling and burning sensation after spitting it out. Also, we observed an altered sense of taste. Like the original formula, recommended 1.5 capfuls morning and night will quickly deplete the bad breath fighting oral rinse.


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


Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Directions:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒


Total: 16/20


Best for patients with severe halitosis or consume odor rich foods.





SmartMouth Original Activated Dual-Solution Breath Rinse

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | SmartMouth Original Activated Dual-Solution Breath Rinse

Dr. Marvin Cohen founded SmartMouth Oral Health Laboratories in 1993. Dr. Cohen was a leader in the research and development of products to combat Halitosis. He formulated this product to eliminate sulfur gas production using patented zinc ion activated technology. Their bottle design has dual chambers to harness the power of both bad breath fighting solutions.

Let’s take a closer look at this product.


Highlights

  • $10.99 per bottle (16 oz)
  • 24-hour bad breath prevention
  • Dual-chamber solution
  • Activates zinc ions
  • Blocks sulfur gas
  • All-day clean breath
  • Eliminates morning breath
  • No aftertaste and alcohol-free
  • Fresh mint
  • Safe for diabetics
  • Guaranteed effectiveness


Pros

SmartMouth has a refreshing mint flavor that sticks around for many hours after use. It effectively eliminates bad breath during the day and morning breath when you wake up. It has minimal burning along the inside of the cheeks and great aftertaste with no taste aversion. We were pleased with the overall comfort of this product.


Cons

One noted concern is a sense of dry mouth sensation after spitting it out. This doesn’t take away from its effectiveness; however, it’s an uncomfortable feeling for the oral tissue. Also, the bottle may leak if it’s shaken or tips over, so be aware of this when storing.


Directions

  • Use as directed for adults and children 12 years and older
  • Supervised use for children 6-12 years old
  • Remove green spacer and seal
  • Push down firmly to secure spout and cap
  • Pour to line on cup
  • Rinse, gargle and spit out after 30 seconds
  • Use twice daily


Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Directions:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭒⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒


Total: 17/20


Best for patients looking for a refreshing mint flavor and powerful bad breath fighting effectiveness.





Oxyfresh Fresh Breath Lemon Mint Mouthwash

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | 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. However, 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 your mouth clean and refreshed.


Cons

One minor concern was that the lemon mint aroma reminded us of a chemical cleaning product flavor. It was difficult to shake this correlation from an otherwise impressive product.


Directions

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


Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Directions:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑


Total: 19/20


Best for patients with bad breath and dry mouth.





Philips Sonicare BreathRx Antibacterial Mouth Rinse

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | Philips Sonicare BreathRx Antibacterial Mouth Rinse

Philips Sonicare is most well known for its award-winning electric toothbrush; however, they also have an antibacterial mouth rinse. Sixty million Americans struggle with halitosis, so this is one of several products that desire to freshen up people’s mouths. This product targets volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) and eliminates 99% of germs that cause oral malodor. It attacks and kills the germs using a proprietary alcohol-free blend of antibacterial cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) and Zytex.

Let’s take a closer look at this product.


Highlights

  • $9.99 per bottle (16 oz)
  • Antibacterial mouth rinse
  • Clinically proven to reduce bad breath 3x better
  • Zinc and essential oils with Zytex
  • Neutralizes bad breath
  • Alcohol-free and sugar free
  • Clean mint flavor


Pros

Philips has formulated a great product to combat halitosis and reduce plaque buildup. It has a strong mint flavor that will knock your socks off. In addition, it provides a lasting and effective refreshing taste after spitting out. This product pairs nicely when used with Philips Sonicare AirFloss Pro.


Cons

I would have thought this product contained alcohol because of how overpowering and intense the flavor was. Also, the aftertaste was bitter and left the mouth feeling parched and dry. We believe this product is best when paired with the AirFloss Pro because of its potency, which may be uncomfortable for daily use.


Directions

  • Do not swallow rinse
  • Permitted for adults and children 12 years and older
  • Vigorously swish 20 mL of rinse, twice a day for 30 seconds and then spit out


Results

Effectiveness:
Comfort:
Taste:
Directions:

⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
⭑⭑⭒⭒⭒
⭑⭑⭒⭒⭒
⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑


Total: 14/20


Best for patients that desire plaque reduction and malodor elimination.





Oral-B Breath Therapy Mouthwash

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | Oral-B Breath Therapy Mouthwash

Oral-B was founded in 1949 by a periodontist and his wife to create a safer and more effective toothbrush. The brand “trusted by dentists and consumers worldwide” offers many products to meet your unique oral care needs. Oral-B’s Special Rinse Collection is designed to meet your oral health needs for a healthier mouth. Their product line treats dry mouth, bad breath, cavities, and mouth sores. The Oral-B Breath Therapy Oral Rinse is scientifically proven to neutralize bad breath all day.

Let’s take a closer look at this new rinse.


Highlights

  • $8.50 per bottle (16 oz)
  • Mild mint flavor
  • Scientifically formulated
  • Neutralize bad breath
  • Alcohol-free
  • No artificial dyes, parabens or gluten
  • Free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)


Pros

Oral-B Breath Therapy Mouthwash is a fantastic product that combines excellent flavor and comfortable relief. Mild mint is perfectly gentle and refreshing. There’s no burning, stinging, or unique aftertaste. In addition, they developed a great product that will suppress odor-causing bacteria. This product is almost identical to the TheraBreath original in regards to ingredients, taste, texture, and effectiveness.


Cons

The only concern may be how mild the mint flavor is for patients expecting a more flavorful rinse. Otherwise, Oral-B exceeded expectations with this product.


Directions

  • Swish thoroughly for one minute and spit out
  • Not intended to be swallowed
  • Refresh your mouth at any time of day


Results

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Total: 19/20


Best for patients desiring bad breath relief with mild flavoring.





Crest Breath Bacteria Blast Mouthwash

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | Crest Breath Bacteria Blast Mouthwash

Crest is a leader in the oral health care community combining years of research with product development. Crest Whitestrips is their most desired product; however, they’re also known for their innovative toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss. Crest Breath Bacteria Blast Mouthwash targets odor-causing bacteria and periodontitis bacteria and whitens teeth with hydrogen peroxide. Multiple benefits in one mouthwash.

Let’s take a closer look at this multi-care whitening mouthwash.


Highlights

  • $23.50 per bottle (32 oz)
  • Kills millions of bad breath bacteria
  • Provides fresh breath that lasts
  • Whitens teeth in 7 days
  • Protects against new surface stain
  • Hydrogen peroxide removes stains
  • Icy cool mint flavor


Pros

This multi-care mouthwash proves effective and refreshing. When you begin swishing, you feel the hydrogen peroxide foaming to kill bacteria and whiten your teeth. The icy fantastic mint flavor is enjoyable. After spitting it out, there’s no dryness, and your mouth is moist for many hours. The foaming sensation is a unique sensation.


Cons

Although this rinse has excellent flavor because it has alcohol, it burns and stings sensitive gums and tissue. As a result, it may be difficult for some individuals to tolerate for the full 60 seconds.


Directions

  • Adults and children 12 years and older
  • Rinse for 60 seconds with 15 mL morning and night
  • Do not swallow


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Best for patients who desire fresh breath with whitening features.





Overall Champion:
TheraBreath Dentist Formulated Fresh Breath Oral Rinse*

7 Best Bad Breath Mouthwash Products Review | Therabreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse

There was a three-way tie between TheraBreath, Oral-B, and Oxyfresh. All three received high scores because of their effectiveness, non-burning, and refreshing flavor. Oxyfresh is different from the other two because of its sweet lemon-mint taste. This will be recommended if you find that desirable. TheraBreath edged out Oral-B because the mint flavor was slightly more pronounced and tasteful. However, you wouldn’t go wrong between these three great products.


Final Rankings
  1. TheraBreath Dentist Formulated Fresh Breath Oral Rinse 19/20
  2. Oral-B Breath Therapy Mouthwash 19/20
  3. Oxyfresh Fresh Breath Lemon Mint Mouthwash 19/20
  4. SmartMouth Original Activated Dual-Solution Breath Rinse 17/20
  5. Crest Breath Bacteria Blast Mouthwash 17/20
  6. TheraBreath PLUS Dentist Formulated Max Strength Oral Rinse 16/20
  7. Philips Sonicare BreathRx Antibacterial Mouth Rinse 14/20

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


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