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Why Hagerstown Residents Should Consider Mouthwash as Part of Their Dental Routine

Of course, we’ve all been told that good oral health practice consists of daily brushing and flossing. And that is certainly true. But how can you be sure you are getting those spots where the floss or brush bristles may not quite reach?

Mouthwash is a great solution… pardon the pun. By using mouthwash as part of your consistent oral health regimen, you can help ward off problems that can cause tooth decay and bacterial infections. Here are some of those potential problems and suggested mouthwash solutions:

Gingivitis and Gum Health                                                                       
Antiseptic mouthwashes reduce large amounts of bacteria on and near the gum line and generally help to decrease your chances of developing gingivitis. The key ingredients of antiseptic mouthwashes are antibacterial and antimicrobial ingredients. Antiseptic mouthwash is a preferable option if you are concerned about the general gum health of your mouth.

Fluoride prevents tooth decay and is great for oral health in general because it kills germs that can live in your mouth. Fluoride also builds stronger teeth with regular use.

Bad Breath
Fluoride mouthwash is also ideal to fight bad breath. It’s designed to combat any bacteria that might be building up in your mouth. Most mouthwashes will help eliminate bad breath, but some are specifically designed to address this difficult problem.

Make sure it’s ADA Approved (American Dental Association)
The ADA reviews all mouth rinses for safety measures and to prove effectiveness. Mouthwash approved by the ADA have met strict guidelines according to whether the manufacturer’s claims are supported with scientific evidence. If you’re looking for a quality mouthwash, look for one that has the ADA seal of approval.

Regular Checkups
Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash may be great daily routines, but the best way to ensure dental health is to make and keep your regular appointments with the professionals at Longmeadow Family Dental Care in Hagerstown. If you haven’t seen us in a while, make an appointment today.