Ingredients of mouthwash

By and large, the active ingredients of mouthwash are the following. Here is the description of these ingredients:


Thymol is a white crystalline substance which possesses strong antiseptic properties. Due to these antiseptic properties, the substance is widely used as an ingredient in not only mouthwash but also toothpastes. The substance prevents the formation of plaque on the teeth, prevents the growth and development of bacteria in the oral cavity and hence saves the teeth and gums from infections and diseases like gingivitis, periodontal disease, etc.

Methyl salicylate

Methyl salicylate is obtained from some species of plants. This is also an antiseptic ingredient used in many mouthwash products. It has the potential to reduce or diminish the occurrence of any infection, sepsis and disease of the oral cavity.


This is a compound which can be either obtained from peppermint or other mint oils, or it can be produced synthetically. It is a substance used for oral hygiene and also for curing the problem of bad breath. This is the reason it is also used as an ingredient in many types of mouthwash and toothpastes. It is also used as a flavoring agent.

Benzalkonium chloride

Benzalkonium chloride is a mixture which possesses strong antiseptic properties and reduces the bacteria in the oral cavity and protects the mouth from all types of infections and diseases. In case of lesions and sores in the mouth, the mixture has the potential to protect the wound from infections of the bacteria and fungi.


Methylparaben is a type of paraben. It is a preservative and anti-fungal agent and used in most types of mouthwash to preserve it.

Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizer. Hydrogen peroxide has strong antiseptic properties. It is used as an ingredient in mouthwash as an oxidizing and antimicrobial agent. Hydrogen peroxide kills and reduces the bacteria and viruses in the oral cavity. Hence, the infections and diseases which originate due to the existence of microorganisms in the mouth can be prevented effectively by using a mouthwash which uses hydrogen peroxide as an ingredient.

Domiphen bromide

Domiphen bromide is another chemical antiseptic and antimicrobial agent which is mostly used in mouthwash. It reduces the accumulated bacteria in the mouth preventing problems like halitosis (bad breath), gingivitis and periodontal disease.


Eucalyptol is an organic compound which is mostly used as an ingredient in many types of mouthwash. Eucalyptol has the potential to control the problems of airway mucus hypersecretion and asthma. It is also used as a flavoring agent and for fragrance. Eucalyptol also has the properties to reduce inflammation and pain.


Hexetidine is an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent which is commonly used as an ingredient in many types of mouthwash. Hexitidine also possesses strong anti-plaque properties. It has the potential to furnish relief in to the problem of gingivitis, ulcerative stomatitis, and many other conditions.

Chlorhexidine gluconate

Chlorhexidine gluconate is another antiseptic chemical which is used in different types of mouthwash to reduce the plaque and the bacteria in the oral cavity. Chlorhexidine gluconate effectively prevents the occurrence of gingivitis and other diseases of the gums and teeth. A mouthwash which uses chlorhexidine gluconate as an ingredient can also be very helpful in the process of healing and regeneration of oral tissues.