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Your oral health toolkit should contain an ADA approved toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss of choice. The ADA seal ensures that the product has passed rigorous testing and proven itself to be both safe and effective as you care for your smile. But have you considered adding a mouthwash to your oral care repertoire? A mouthwash can give your smile an added boost depending on your needs. Let’s look at what the right mouthwash can do for you!

Problem: Dry Socket

This is a common postoperative condition after having a dental extraction performed, especially on wisdom teeth. It can involve pain in and around the extraction site for several days after the procedure. A mouthwash containing chlorhexidine gluconate can help reduce this risk.

Problem: Bad Breath

A therapeutic mouthwash containing antimicrobials, such as chlorhexidine, chlorine dioxide, cetylpyridinium chloride, and essential oils (e.g., eucalyptol, menthol, thymol, and methyl salicylate) can help kill the bacteria that causes bad breath.

Problem: Plaque and Gingivitis

Mouthwashes that have antimicrobial agents such as cetylpyridinium, chlorhexidine, and essential oils can help lessen plaque and gingivitis when you brush and floss daily.

Problem: Tooth Decay

A mouthwash containing fluoride helps remineralize the teeth and can reduce tooth decay–particularly in children–if used regularly.

Problem: Xerostomia

Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is a lowered amount of saliva in the mouth that keeps the mucous membranes bathed in protective enzymes. Using a fluoride-containing mouthwash can help, especially if it does not contain alcohol, which is drying. If you can find one which has enzymes, cellulose derivatives and/or animal mucins, it can help provide relief.

As always, we recommend speaking with our dentist when choosing dental hygiene products. If you have any questions about your oral care, Dr. Rani Ramnath, is here to help. We invite you to call Hoke Road Dental in Clayton, Ohio, at 937-832-8000 today!