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If you are considering using an oral rinse to help with your daily brushing and flossing routine, you have choices available depending on what you are looking for; there are rinses on the market to help fight tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath.

Antibacterial rinses are plaque-fighters, killing bacteria accidentally left behind after brushing. This matters because bacteria convert sugar from your diet into acid which wears down your tooth enamel. In addition to bad breath, this bacteria also releases sulphurous chemicals which can lead to gum disease.

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). For patients prone to cavities or who have xerostomia (abnormal dryness of the mouth) fluoride mouthwash can make a big difference.

Cosmetic rinses help your breath smell fresh and your teeth feel clean. You should be aware that persistent bad breath may be masking an underlying medical condition so you may want to check with your dentist to rule out gum disease, tooth decay, or oral cancer.

When should you rinse? Some patients find that rinsing before brushing helps loosen food particles and plaque off the teeth. Others have found that rinsing after brushing helps disinfect the mouth once oral debris has been loosened by brushing and flossing. Either way is effective and is more a matter of preference.

When searching for a mouthwash, you want to ensure that a product that is safe and effective. This is where the American Dental Association (ADA) comes into play. Any product carrying the Seal of approval on the packaging has been rigorously tested and found to be safe for use and effective–doing exactly what the packaging claims. After finding a product for your needs be sure to read and follow the manufacturer directions to reap the full benefits of the rinse.

Whichever oral rinse you use should be 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 Dentists at Memorial Park at 713-861-8323 today!