Rounding out Your Oral Hygiene Regimen with Mouthwash

If you are meticulously brushing and flossing your pearly whites but feel like adding an extra boost to your oral hygiene regimen, you are in luck. There are a variety of mouthwash rinses on the market to help. There are oral rinses to freshen your breath, fight tooth decay and help prevent gum disease.

When you know what you need your mouthwash to do, look for one that displays the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of approval on the packaging. This means the product has been rigorously tested and found to be 1) safe to use and 2) does exactly what the packaging claims. Once you have found the right ADA mouthwash for your needs, follow the enclosed manufacturer directions to reap the full benefits available.

Cosmetic mouthwashes make your breath smell fresh and your teeth feel clean. If you use a cosmetic mouthwash for your breath, keep in mind that persistent halitosis may mask an underlying medical condition. See your dentist to rule out tooth decay, gum disease, or other possible medical issues.

Fluoride mouthwashes fight tooth decay and strengthen tooth enamel (the white coating covering the teeth that is harder than bone tissue). If you have a condition known as xerostomia (abnormal dryness of the mouth) or are prone to cavities, the addition of a fluoride mouthwash can help.

Antibacterial mouthwashes kill bacterial residue left behind on teeth after brushing and flossing. This plaque-fighting rinse removes harmful bacteria that would normally convert sugar from your diet into acid and would otherwise wear down tooth enamel.

Whatever the need, there is a mouthwash rinse to help you! Keep brushing and flossing your teeth and gum line and round out your oral hygiene regimen with the right mouthwash. If you have any questions or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, please contact Smiles Dental at 503.877.1844 today.