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Today, mouthwashes do not only freshen your breath; they can help you achieve healthier teeth and gums 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 beneficial. The benefits provided depend on the ingredients in the mouthwash, so be sure to read the ingredients. Mouthwashes usually contain one or more of the following:

• Fluoride, to help reduce and prevent tooth decay
• Antimicrobials, to help kill the bacteria that cause bad breath, plaque, and gum disease
• Astringent salt, a deodorizer, to temporarily cover bad breath
• Odor neutralizers, to attack the cause of bad breath
• Whiteners, like peroxide, to reduce stains on the teeth

Choose a mouthwash that will help the condition that you would most like to treat, as it is sometimes hard to find one mouthwash that does everything. 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. Even some store brands and generic brands have the ADA seal.

Feel free to contact our dentist today for more information and to schedule your next visit.