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Today, mouthwashes do not only freshen your breath; they can help you achieve better oral health as well. Mouthwashes are not meant to replace brushing and flossing your teeth. If you have a hard time brushing and flossing properly, using mouthwash can help prevent you from developing cavities and gum disease. When combined with your home care, mouthwash can be very helpful. The benefits provided depend on the ingredients in the mouthwash, so be sure to read the label. Mouthwashes usually contain one or more of the following ingredients:

• Fluoride, which can help reduce and prevent tooth decay
• Antimicrobials, which can kill the bacteria that cause bad breath, plaque, and gum disease
• Astringent salt, a deodorizer that can temporarily cover bad breath
• Odor neutralizers, which can attack the cause of bad breath
• Whiteners that can improve yellowed teeth

Choose a mouthwash that will help the problem 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.

Contact our office today! Our dentist can advise you on the mouthwash that will most suit your needs.