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Using a mouthwash as part of your daily brushing and flossing regimen can be helpful to your oral health. But there a variety of mouthwash rinses on the market, so how do you know which to choose? There are mouthwashes that fight tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath, just to name a few.

Finding the best mouthwash for your needs comes down to using a product that is both safe and effective. Any product carrying the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of approval has been rigorously tested and found to be safe for use and does exactly what the packaging claims. Once you have found the right ADA product for your needs, be sure to follow the manufacturer directions to reap the full benefits of the mouthwash.

Antibacterial mouthwashes kill residual bacteria on teeth left behind after brushing and flossing. This plaque-fighting rinse removes harmful bacteria that would normally convert sugar from your diet into acid that wears down tooth enamel (the white coating covering the teeth that is harder than bone tissue).

Fluoride mouthwashes fight tooth decay and strengthen tooth enamel. 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 make a big difference.

Cosmetic mouthwashes help your breath smell fresh and your teeth feel clean but don’t do much for your oral health. If you use a cosmetic mouthwash for your breath, keep in mind that persistent bad breath may be masking an underlying medical condition. See your dentist to rule out gum disease, tooth decay, or other possible medical issues.

Whatever the need, there is a mouthwash rinse that can help you. Keep on brushing and flossing your teeth and gum line and finish with a thorough rinse to round out your oral hygiene regimen! If you have any questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact North Fork Dental Care at 208-356-3012 today.