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When it comes to your oral health, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental flossing tool that works for you can help you keep your smile healthy and vibrant, especially when combined with regular professional dental cleanings. But you can also boost your daily oral hygiene by adding a mouthwash that can help you with any oral conditions you have, such as dry mouth or bad breath. Today we are going to look at a few therapeutic types of mouthwash that can address particular concerns you might have.

Condition: Bad Breath

Choose a mouthwash with antimicrobials, such as chlorhexidine, chlorine dioxide, cetylpyridinium chloride, and essential oils (such as eucalyptol, menthol, thymol, and methyl salicylate) to kill the bacteria which causes bad breath.

Condition: Plaque and Gingivitis

Choose a rinse that contains antimicrobial agents like cetylpyridinium, chlorhexidine, and essential oils which can help lower plaque levels and reduce gingivitis as you brush and floss daily.

Condition: Tooth Decay

Choose a mouth rinse which has fluoride in it to help remineralize your teeth and lower your risk of tooth decay–especially in children–if used on a regular basis.

Condition: Dry Socket

Dry socket arises after dental surgery such as a wisdom tooth extraction. You can help reduce your chance of having a dry socket in or around the extraction site after the procedure with the help of an oral rinse containing chlorhexidine gluconate.

Condition: Xerostomia

This condition is also known more commonly as dry mouth. It is a reduction of saliva in the mouth which normally bathes the mucous membranes in protective enzymes. A mouthwash containing fluoride can help, as well as those with enzymes, cellulose derivatives and/or animal mucins. Avoid rinses with alcohol because they are drying.

Always seek out ADA approved products so that you know they do what they claim to do and do so safely. Also, we encourage speaking with our dentist when looking for dental products. If you have any questions about your oral care, Dr. Bruce W. Smith, is here to help. We invite you to call Bruce W. Smith, DDS in Houston, Texas, at 713-529-4364 today!