Zinc Chloride

What is it?

Zinc chloride is derived from purified zinc from the Earth.

What does it do?

In its aqueous state, such as in a mouthwash, zinc chloride helps neutralize the odour caused by bad breath bacteria for long-lasting fresh breath. It also helps control the growth of bad breath bacteria. It is also used in other temporary breath fresheners such as mints, sprays, lozenges and even chewing gum.

How is it made?

Our Stewardship Model guides us to select ingredients which have been processed in a manner that supports our philosophy of human and environmental health.

Tom’s of Maine uses an aqueous form of zinc chloride, which is created by combining zinc with hydrochloric acid.

What are the alternatives?

Alcohol, common in many mouthwash brands, is an alternative to zinc chloride. However, it doesn’t meet our stewardship standards and can cause an uncomfortable burn for some consumers, which is why our mouthwash is alcohol free.  

Is this the right option for me?

Zinc chloride has a long safe history of use as an effective mouthwash ingredient. Many experts believe the addition of zinc ions in mouthwash is the best way to help reduce bacteria that produce sulfur gases, a major component of bad breath. Using mouthwash alone, however, is not a substitute for daily brushing and flossing.

Tom's of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.