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Do you need help reducing cavities and gingivitis in your smile? Your six-month dental cleanings are crucial for supplementing your daily oral care efforts. This means brushing twice a day, for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Some patients like to boost their oral health with the help of a mouthwash, along with their toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss. While not a replacement, a mouthwash can still reach areas of the mouth that a toothbrush can’t, but finding one that addresses your concerns can be a great asset.

A cosmetic mouthwash can help your breath smell better temporarily, but, it can’t actively kill oral bacteria that produce bad breath. This is where therapeutic mouthwashes come into the picture. They contain specific ingredients that can control or lessen bad breath, gingivitis, plaque, and tooth decay from gaining a foothold. They can even treat pain from oral sores and relieve the conditions of dry mouth.

You can find therapeutic mouthwashes from your dentist or over-the-counter. Prescription rinses will come with dosage amounts, the length of time you need to hold it in the mouth, and how often you need to use it.

If you are using over-the-counter rinses, we recommend finding products carrying the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging which ensures the safety and effectiveness, meaning it will do exactly what it claims to do, safely, for your protection.

Brushing, flossing, using a mouthwash, and seeing your dentist for professional cleanings daily can help address your oral health concerns. If you would like to schedule your next dental cleaning, our dentist, Dr. Brent D Pulley, is happy to help. We invite you to call Desert Foothills Dental in Phoenix, Arizona, at 480-460-1911 today!