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In your quest for excellent oral health, mouthwash can be a powerful addition to your daily routine. Some people prefer using an oral rinse before brushing to loosen oral debris (food particles and plaque) off the teeth so that brushing is more effective. Others prefer rinsing after brushing to wash away and disinfect the mouth after oral debris has been loosened by brushing. Either preference works well.

Whichever you prefer, be sure to choose a mouthwash labeled with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of approval. This ensures that the product has been thoroughly tested and found to be both safe and effective, doing exactly what the packaging claims. Just take the time to follow the manufacturer directions to get the full benefits of the rinse.

Which Mouthwash Should You Choose?
Antibacterial mouthwashes are good at fighting plaque as they kill the bacteria left behind on your teeth and which convert sugar from your food into acid. This acid wears down the tooth enamel. Bacteria also causes bad breath by releasing sulphurous chemicals that can lead to gum disease. A bacteria-fighting mouthwash helps protect against the ravages of gum disease.

Fluoride mouthwashes work best in fighting tooth decay and strengthening tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is the white coating that covers the teeth and is harder than bone. For those who are cavity-prone or have a condition called xerostomia (an abnormal dryness of the mouth) fluoride mouthwash is an excellent choice.

Chlorhexidine mouthwash prescribed by your dentist help those whose gums bleed when brushing. It has been found to be best at healing gums which makes it common to use before and after gum surgery, wisdom teeth extractions, and any oral surgeries. Long term use however, will stain your teeth (and alter your taste) which is why it is available by prescription only so your dentist can monitor the effects.

Whichever mouthwash you prefer, be sure to use it in conjunction with daily brushing and flossing to preserve your pearly whites. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Crossroads Dental at 319.291.3908 today!