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Today, mouthwashes can help you reach healthier teeth and gums as well as freshen your breath. Mouthwashes are not meant to replace brushing and flossing your teeth. If you have a hard time doing those correctly, using mouthwash can help prevent cavities and gum disease from developing. When combined with your home care, mouthwash can be very beneficial. The perks provided depend on what is in the mouthwash, so be sure to read the ingredients. Mouthwashes usually contain one or more of the following:

• Fluoride, which helps reduce and prevent tooth decay
• Antimicrobials, which kill the bacteria that cause bad breath, plaque, and gum disease
• Astringent salt, a deodorizer that temporarily covers bad breath
• Odor neutralizers, which can attack the cause of bad breath
• Whiteners, like peroxide, that can reduce stains on the teeth

Choose a mouthwash that will help the condition that you wish to treat most, as it is sometimes hard to find one mouthwash that does it all. Look for a mouthwash that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal on the label. The ADA seal recognizes companies that show scientific proof that their products work. You can even find the ADA seal on some generic and store brands.

For more information and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist, we invite you to contact our office today.