What mouthwashes should I use?

A mouthwash may provide additional protection against cavities and gum disease. When selecting a mouthwash look for products that carry the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, which have been tested for their safety and effectiveness

Most mouthwashes are available without a prescription. Your dentist can advise you whether you need a mouthwash and what kind of mouthwash to use depending on your oral health needs.

There are several mouthwashes that contain either fluoride or an antimicrobial ingredient, or both. Check for the ADA seal of acceptance. This seal shows that the product has been rigorously tested and shown to be safe and effective. Fluoride strengthens and remineralizes the enamel of the teeth. The acid from plaque creates indentations or cavities that literally eat away the tooth. If not prevented, this can cause cavities and tooth loss. Antimicrobial mouthwashes help control plaque formation and prevent gingivitis.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.