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Most everyone knows that mouthwash is a great temporary remedy for bad breath. We certainly don’t want to discount the social benefits of fresh breath, but mouthwash can play an important role in your oral health. Cosmetic mouthwashes are good for giving you nice breath and a pleasant taste in your mouth, but they have no medicinal value and will not do anything to reduce your risk of tooth decay or gum disease.

For a healthy mouth, you should augment your oral hygiene regimen with a therapeutic mouthwash which can kill the bacteria and reduce the plaque and tartar that attack the health of your teeth and gums. Many also contain fluoride which will strengthen your teeth. Some prescription mouthwashes can help fight dry mouth, a condition that can cause problems for your overall oral health.

Since many products contain alcohol, you should supervise your child’s use of mouthwash. Since they may not understand the need to spit the mouthwash out when done, they may swallow it, which means a risk of illness or intoxication. It may be best to wait until your child is age seven or older.

You might want to consider using an alcohol free mouthwash. If the tissue in your mouth is sensitive, or if you have been diagnosed with dry mouth. Most alcohol free mouthwashes have ingredients to fight cavities, plaque, tartar and gingivitis. You should talk with your dentist during your next appointment to find out which mouthwash will work best for you.

For more information about making mouthwash a part of your dental routine, or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and appointment, our dentist, Dr. Ayesha Rahman at Lavista Park Family Dentistry in Tucker, Georgia, would love to help. Contact our office today at (770)-939-5122 to schedule an appointment.