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Taking care of your oral health is not actually difficult. All your teeth really need is meticulous brushing and flossing at least twice a day, and seeing your dentist every six month for cleanings and checkups. But mouthwash can also be a healthy preventative addition to your oral regimen.

The most important thing you can do when choosing a mouthwash is make sure it has the American Dental Association seal of acceptance. This ensures that your product has been proven safe and effective. The benefits of using mouthwash include:

Better Breath
Mouthwash is no substitute for a diligent brushing and flossing routine, but an antimicrobial mouthwash not only removes tiny food particles that can irritate your gums and but it also kills bacteria which can make your breath smell bad.

Bacteria and food debris can form a bacterial film called plaque which sticks to the teeth and gums and can harden fairly quickly into tartar. Tartar causes gingivitis and must be removed by your dentist with special tools for scaling.

Soothe
Mouthwash can soothe inflamed canker sores, a mouth infection or injury, if you use salt-water instead of alcohol-based products which can sometimes cause dry mouth. Dry mouth is actually harmful to your oral health because it reduces saliva, which not only washes germs away but also contains protective enzymes that help destroy bacteria.

Germ-fighting
Antiseptic mouthwash with chlorhexidine glucose kills germs that can harm your teeth and gums and stops bacterial growth.

Protection
If you use a mouthwash with fluoride you will be aided in keeping cavities and periodontal disease at bay, which is the point of a good oral hygiene routine!

Desensitizing
Mouthwash containing Arginine helps to seal the dentinal tubules in sensitive teeth, which helps those who have problems with brief tooth pain when the teeth are subjected to hot or cold temperatures.

At Davidson Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we want to do everything we can to support your dental health. A good mouthwash makes the perfect complement to your tooth brushing and flossing habits. Feel free to call us at 704.987.2277 if you have any questions or concerns about your dental health!