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If you need help selecting a mouthwash, read these tips and speak with your family dentist


Most people know that in order to prevent oral health care problems, brushing twice a day, flossing and scheduling regular checkups with your Raleigh dentist is necessary. However, did you know that rinsing with mouthwash can also prevent cavities and other dental issues that can be expensive and painful to fix.

Experts from the American Dental Association (ADA) report that in addition to help fighting halitosis, known more commonly as bad breath, mouthwash can:

     ♦ Control or even stop your pearly whites from decaying.
     ♦ Lessen the amount of plaque that accumulates on your teeth.
     ♦ Prevent or manage gingivitis.
     ♦ Reduce the speed that hardened tartar often referred to as plaque form.

In the majority of cases, rinses are available to the public without the prescription of a family dentist. An experienced professional like Dr. Thomas Cooke can speak with you and help you determine what mouthwash is most appropriate for you.

When you're in the grocery store or supermarket, the ADA says you'll likely come across two types of rinses: those that are therapeutic and ones used for cosmetic purposes. The former can aid in decreasing the amount of plaque and cavities and can prevent gingivitis and halitosis. These also have fluoride in them in order to stop tooth decay.

Cosmetic mouthwashes are designed to control and eliminate bad breath but aren't designed to fight to deep-rooted causes of halitosis. In some sense they are more of a superficial treatment. Nor do these rinses stop plaque, tartar, gingivitis and cavities from forming.

If you have any questions about what rinse is most appropriate for your oral health care needs, schedule an appointment with an affordable dental care provider like Dr. Cooke. His knowledgeable staff is happy to answer any questions you may have.