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Are You Wishy-Washy About Mouthwash?

When many people think of mouthwash, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a quick way to freshen their breath in the morning or after a meal. But if you choose the right mouthwash, rinsing daily can be another weapon in the battle against tooth decay and gum disease.

At EverSmile Dental we encourage our patients to take an active role in their oral health, including getting regular checkups and cleanings, and following a flossing and brushing routine to guard against cavities. Mouthwash can be a positive addition to that routine — if you choose a brand that has therapeutic value, rather than one that’s purely meant to wash away bad breath and leave your mouth feeling refreshed. Therapeutic mouthwashes contain active ingredients that fight bacteria and reduce plaque (that sticky film that coats the teeth), tartar (hardened plaque) and fight tooth decay, gum disease, as well as bad breath. 

Therapeutic mouthwash, much like dental floss, can get in between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. It can really come in handy at times when you don’t have a toothbrush or dental floss with you while on the go. Most therapeutic mouthwashes are sold over the counter, but there are some varieties that require a prescription. 

We recommend that our patients look for the American Dental Association’s seal of approval on over-the-counter brands, which signifies they have been tested for effectiveness and safety. The ADA includes some natural and organic products among its selections. It is also important to note that some brands contain alcohol and should not be used by children younger than six years of age.

At EverSmile Dental we discuss all aspects of oral health with our patients, including whether mouthwash should be a part of their daily routine. Contact our office today to arrange a comprehensive examination with our friendly, attentive staff!

Here are a few basic recommendations for enjoying a taste of the holidays that you won’t regret come January:

  • Sweet next-to-nothings: It’s OK to sample the pies, cakes and cookies that dance before your eyes, but place a limit on your indulgence. If there’s fruit on the table, replacing or supplementing with this healthy alternative can cut into your sugar craving. Rinse your mouth with water afterward to give your teeth a quick wash.
  • Hard lessons: Candy canes, other hard candies and caramels are a definite no-no. And why bother with the soda that’s sure to be flowing? It’s not worth packing on the calories and sugar you’re already sampling from the holiday table.
  • Dinner vs. dessert: Have a healthy portion of main dishes like turkey and go for the fresh veggies; don’t skimp on food in favor of leaving room for dessert.
  • Travel kit: If you’re on the road for the holidays, don’t forget to pack a travel-size toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and an interdental brush. This makes it easy to duck away from the festivities to give your teeth a thorough cleaning. 
  • Keep your routine: It’s easy to forget our normal routines around the holidays, and that can include oral hygiene. Stick to what works: brushing and flossing at least twice a day, spending about two minutes to clean each chewing surface. 

Our entire staff at EverSmile Dental wishes you and your family a healthy and happy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!