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Brushing and flossing are the foundations of a sound oral health regimen. Using a mouthwash or a rinse is a terrific way to supplement your routine, and can give you fresh breath and added protection against cavities and plaque. However, not all types of mouthwash are used for the same purpose. Some are formulated to fight halitosis, or bad breath, some are designed to protect your teeth and gums, and some have ingredients to whiten your teeth.

When you are choosing a mouthwash, you should decide what you need from it, Cosmetic mouthwashes freshen your breath but have no medical benefits. Therapeutic mouthwashes will fight tooth decay, plaque, tartar, and gum disease. No matter what mouthwash you choose, you should always look for the Seal of Acceptance from the American Dental Association. It is also a good idea to talk with your dentist before making any changes or additions to your dental routine.

If you are using a mouthwash to fight bad breath, it should serve you well if you are just trying to counteract the bad smells left over from lunch. But chronic bad breath may be a sign that you need to brush and floss more effectively, or that you have an underlying condition that needs to be addressed by your dentist or physician.

If you suffer from bad breath, or have other dental concerns, Dr. Laris Milligan at Dr. Milligan’s Family Dental Care in Wilmington, North Carolina will be happy to help. To make an appointment, call 910-799-5000. We look forward to helping your smile to shine for years to come.