As you treat your pearly whites to the attention they need, you may add using mouthwash to your daily brushing and flossing routine. Mouthwashes can prevent tooth decay, reduce formation of dental plaque and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) or reduce tooth sensitivity, depending on the active ingredients they contain.
When selecting a mouthwash for your family, be sure to look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal assures that the ADA has researched and tested the mouthwash for its safety and effectiveness.
Antiseptic and cosmetic mouthwashes are a very popular part of many people’s oral hygiene routine. Most cosmetic mouthwashes help to freshen your breath for a while but do little to help your tooth and gum health.
Antiseptic mouthwash has been growing in popularity in recent years for its ability to wash away some food particles and kill bacteria loosened during flossing and brushing. Some popular brands also include fluoride which strengthens tooth enamel to help resist decay.
Desensitizing mouthwash contains active ingredients such as Arginine which claims to seal the dentinal tubules at the sensitive site, helping to reduce tooth sensitivity.
It’s important to note that antiseptic mouthwash cannot serve as an alternative to floss. Dental flossing is the most effective tool in your oral hygiene arsenal for cleaning away food particles and plaque from between teeth and around the gum line.
If you have questions about the mouthwash your family uses, please feel free to call us at [phone] and we can help you decide on a mouthwash that fits your needs. As always, keep your schedule dental cleanings and together we can create a healthy smile to last a lifetime!