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Besides getting a professional dental cleaning, you can’t beat the combo of toothbrush and toothpaste when it comes to oral hygiene. Although, consider that there are other dental aids that can help you in your quest for mouth cleanliness. Adding an antibacterial mouthwash to your daily hygiene routine is a good idea.

In the war against tooth decay, cracks and crevices are the enemies camp. Brushes can’t always get to all of those tiny spaces where bacteria hide. Doing a daily rinse with a dentist recommended mouthwash will help.

Mouthwashes can eliminate bad breath (aka halitosis), tackle tooth decay, remove plaque, battle gingivitis, and kill tartar from forming.

Even those persistent individuals who loyally floss daily will see improvement when using a mouthwash that contains antibacterial attributes.

If you are searching for an over-the-counter mouthwash, closely examine the label to confirm that you are getting fluoride inside, which works to eradicate plaque, gingivitis, and cavities as well as bad breath. Look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance to be sure that you are getting a mouthwash that is more than just a breath freshener.

Dental note: Swallowing large amounts of mouthwash can cause nausea, vomiting and in some products, intoxication due to the alcohol content. For this reason, we do not suggest mouthwash for children any younger than 6-years-old. Check the label for specific precautions.

Dr. Chad Latino would be delighted to advise you on the various types of mouthwashes he recommends. If we can answer your questions or help you in any way, please contact Chad Latino DDS PA at: 254-776-6241, or come by our office in Waco, Texas.