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Oral Health Recaps: Mouthwash

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Did you know that mouthwash comes with several benefits beyond just freshening your breath? It’s true, and although many individuals use mouthwash to help freshen your breath, there are many other potential benefits that it can have. In some situations, mouthwash may include teeth whitening treatment systems to help remove stains and discolorations. It can also be useful for improving the look of your teeth and gums.

Always look for the American Dental Association’s ADA Seal of Acceptance on product packaging. The seal is awarded to those products that demonstrate the highest standards of safety and effectiveness. If the seal is present, it means the product will work as intended. For additional help with product recommendations and suggestions, consult with your dentist.

When you visit your dentist for routine check-ups or examinations, they may prescribe for you various treatments to help improve oral health on your own. This may include the use of a therapeutic mouthwash. Therapeutic mouthwash products are much more helpful than cosmetic mouthwashes as they are designed to help reduce plaque, prevent or reduce gingivitis, help lower your risk for cavities and can effectively kill the bacteria responsible for bad breath. Furthermore, therapeutic mouthwash can also help reduce the speed at which plaque will harden into tartar.

If you’re only looking to temporarily reduce your bad breath and freshen your breath, cosmetic mouthwashes have been proven to be beneficial. However, you are not getting as much out of your oral health care cleaning tools as you could. In some situations, mouthwash may only be needed for rinsing away debris. This can include times when brushing and using toothpaste may be too dangerous for your smile due to heightened risks of dental abrasion. After eating, it may be a good idea to use mouthwash to help rinse out your mouth.

For more information concerning mouthwash or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Wong, Tsai, Hanasab and the rest of our team, please contact us at our dentist office in Covina, California, by calling 626-709-3332. Wong Dental and our team hope you have a wonderful day!