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If you take a walk up and down the mouthwash aisle of your local supermarket, you will see rows of various kinds of types and brands to choose from. It can be overwhelming trying to find the one that works best for you or your family. There are mouthwashes that fight tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath, just to name a few. Let’s take a look at some options:

Fluoride rinses work best at fighting tooth decay and strengthening your precious 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 dental decay, the addition of fluoride in a mouthwash can help.

Killing residual bacteria left behind after brushing and flossing is the goal of antibacterial rinses. These plaque-fighting rinses remove harmful bacteria that would normally convert sugar from your diet into acid which wears down your tooth enamel. This bacteria also releases sulphurous chemicals which lead to gum disease and cause bad breath.

Cosmetic rinses help your breath smell fresh and your teeth feel clean. Persistent bad breath may be masking an underlying medical condition so if you are finding yourself using a mouthwash to cover bad breath that never goes away, see your dentist to rule out gum disease, tooth decay, or other oral health issues.

The decision to use a rinse before you brush to loosen food particles and plaque off the teeth, versus rinsing after brushing to disinfect the mouth once oral debris has been loosened by brushing is up to you. Either method has its benefits so it is basically a matter of which you prefer.

The key to finding the best mouthwash for you comes down to using a product that is both safe and effective. This is where the American Dental Association (ADA) helps you. Any product carrying the ADA Seal of approval has been rigorously tested and found to be safe for use as well as effective–doing precisely what the packaging claims it can do. 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.

Whichever mouthwash you choose, be sure it is an addition to your daily brushing and flossing and not a replacement. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Country Club Dental at 530.677.4457 today!