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ADA-approved toothpaste and floss are great at removing plaque from your teeth and gums, but they don’t always reach the level of cleanliness that your mouth needs to stay healthy. Incorporating mouthwash into your routine will kill any leftover bacteria and leave your mouth feeling fresh.

Mouthwash contains the following basic components: water, alcohol, cleaning agents, flavor ingredient and color agents. Together, these components reduce plaque, strengthen enamel and prevent bad breath. Look for mouthwashes that bear the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure the product is both safe and effective.

In today’s world of dental care, you can choose between two different types of mouthwash:

Therapeutic mouthwash: This rinse can help improve your oral health. It reduces the plaque growth on your smile, which can ultimately prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Therapeutic mouthwash can also freshen your breath, remove food particles from your teeth, and strengthen your teeth with extra fluoride.

Cosmetic mouthwash: This rinse can beautify your smile and give you fresh results. Some washes successfully whiten your teeth throughout time, while others freshen your breath and give you a pleasant taste in your mouth.

Remember, mouthwash is not a substitute for daily brushing and flossing. A combination of all three will help your smile stay fresh, clean and healthy.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact Drs. Edmon R. Hutchison & Eric J. Gabrielson of Royse City Dental Care at 972-636-2417. We’re more than happy to provide a professional recommendation to help you select a mouthwash that fits your specific needs.