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Adding a mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene maintenance is a good idea. Even though there is no better alternative for good dental health than brushing and flossing, pairing a mouthwash to your morning ritual is a welcome addition.

The campaign against tooth decay is predicated on delving into those cracks and tight spaces and finding the elusive places where bacteria hide is never easy. Daily rinsing with an approved mouthwash can help:

– Eliminate bad breath
– Tackle tooth decay
– Remove plaque
– Battle gingivitis
– Ban tartar from forming

Even those consistent individuals who floss daily can gain an advantage by using a mouthwash that contains antibacterial characteristics.

When you are searching for an over-the-counter mouthwash, closely examine the label to confirm that you are getting fluoride inside, which works to eradicate plaque, gingivitis, and cavities as well as bad breath. There are mouthwashes that give you fresh breath but do nothing for your dental health. So, be sure to pick a mouthwash that sports the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Doctor note: Swallowing large amounts of mouthwash can cause nausea, vomiting and in some products, intoxication due to the alcohol content. For this reason, we do not suggest mouthwash for children any younger than 6-years-old. Check the label for specific precautions.

Dr. Wong would be delighted to advise you on the various types of mouthwashes he recommends. If we can answer your questions or help you in any way, please contact Johnson Ranch Dental at 916.784.1700, or come by our office in Roseville, CA.