How Mouthwash Can Supplement Your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

Using an oral rinse can help you in your quest for healthy teeth and gums as you supplement your daily brushing and flossing routine. Walking down the mouthwash aisle of your local supermarket can be daunting if you are looking for an oral rinse. There are mouthwashes that fight tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath, just to name a few.

Finding the best mouthwash for your needs comes down to using a product that is both safe and effective. Any product carrying the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of approval has been rigorously tested and found to be safe for use, and it does exactly what the packaging claims. Once you have found the right ADA product for your needs, be sure to follow the manufacturer directions to enjoy the full benefits of rinse.


Antibacterial mouthwash kills residual bacteria left behind after brushing and flossing your teeth. This plaque-fighting rinse removes harmful bacteria that would normally convert sugar from your diet into acid that wears down precious tooth enamel (the white coating covering the teeth that is harder than bone tissue).


Fluoride rinses fight tooth decay and strengthen your tooth enamel. If you have a condition known as xerostomia (abnormal dryness of the mouth), or are prone to cavities, the addition of a fluoride mouthwash can make a big difference.


Cosmetic rinses can help your breath smell fresh and your teeth feel clean, but they don’t do much for your oral health. Also, persistent bad breath may be masking an underlying medical condition, so if you are finding yourself using a mouthwash to cover bad breath that never goes away, you should see your dentist to rule out gum disease, tooth decay, or other possible medical issues.

Whichever mouthwash you use, make sure it supplements your meticulous brushing and flossing habits! If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Smiles Dental at 360.335.3998 today.