The secret to perfect teeth? Well, it's pretty simple, actually. Just make sure you put in the work of brushing and flossing on the regular, and go to the dentist when you're supposed to. But you can also take it one step further and add a mouthwash to your cleaning routine, too. The American Dental Association says that a mouthwash "offers the benefit of reaching areas not easily accessed by a toothbrush." So you get an extra deep-clean feeling that feels so refreshing and makes you want to smile big.
If you're looking to shake up your oral hygiene routine, you're in luck because we scoured the internet's reviews to find you the best natural mouthwashes—you know, the ones without chemicals or other additives that might not be so good for you. Take a look below.
1. Hello Oral Care Naturally Healthy Antigingivitis (3 Count)
This mouthwash doesn't contain alcohol, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, dyes, and sulfates. With ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil and xylitol, it prevents gingivitis and plaque. One Amazon reviewer wrote, "I am using this mouthwash [for] more than two years now and I can say it helped me a lot! I would get gum bleeding and irritation every now and then but shortly after I have started using Hello mouthwash, no more. My gums look and feel healthy; it doesn't burn your mouth but leaves a nice fresh breath. It's just amazing. I will keep ordering it!"
2. Tom's of Maine Wicked Fresh! Cool Mountain Mist Mouthwash
You might be familiar with Tom's of Maine's other popular natural products like toothpaste and deodorant. The brand's mouthwash is also a popular choice, too, with one Walmart reviewer writing, "Seems to work beautifully, even after extensive dental work. Aftertaste is pleasant and barely noticeable… Your mouth simply seems fresh!"
This mouthwash was formulated with Ayurvedic principles in mind. It contains 23 botanical extracts and nine essential oils that are supposed to keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh. It has a five-star rating on Thrive Market—reviewers say it's efficient and refreshing, but caution that it has a licorice- or fennel-like flavor, so if that's not your cup of tea you might want to skip.
4. Jason Healthy Mouth Cinnamon Clove Tartar Control Mouthwash
This one has over 700 ratings and 4.5 stars on Amazon. It's made with tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, perilla seed extract, and aloe vera gel. One reviewer said, "This is one of the best mouthwash products I have ever used. It really does reduce plaque build-up and is basically amazing. I used to use all kinds of mouthwashes, but none did quite a good of a job as this one, so thank you to the company."
This product contains Neem, a natural herb, and other natural ingredients like calendula, sage, aloe, cinnamon, and peppermint. It's also free of parabens, fluoride, sugar, alcohol, and artificial fragrances and dyes. One review on Thrive reads, "I can't say enough good things about this strong mouthwash. I have been suffering from oral thrush for over a year and this stuff WORKS!! I won't lie, it is strong."
This mouthwash is supposed to freshen your breath, whiten teeth, reduce swelling, and strengthen teeth. It's made with ingredients like micro-filtered water, calcium carbonate, sea salt, mustard seed, and essential oils. One Amazon reviewer wrote, "I've been using Uncle Harry's products for years, and this mouthwash really gets the job done. It is very strong out of the bottle so I would recommend mixing it with some water to cut down on the burn. The essential oils really do wonders for your gums and leave your mouth feeling fresh for a good while after using it."
7. Dr. Brite Natural Whitening Vitamin C Mouthwash with Mint and Activated Coconut Charcoal
This mouthwash contains activated charcoal, which is supposed to eliminate bad breath and whiten teeth. It also has coconut oil and aloe vera to prevent dry mouth. An Amazon reviewer wrote, "I bought this to try because of its natural ingredients. I love the fresh taste and what it accomplishes without the stinging factor that most mouthwashes have. It is important to note that you only need to use a small amount of the mouthwash each rinse, which makes the bottle last longer."
According to Thrive Market, tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that's supposed to remove tartar and freshen breath. In addition to this main ingredient, the mouthwash also contains natural mint flavor, citric acid, and sodium citrate. One reviewer wrote, "This is my favorite mouthwash. Natural toothpastes leave me missing the strong, minty flavor of toxic toothpastes. This mouthwash helps me round out my oral care routine with a strong minty flavor."
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.
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