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Even though you are great at flossing and brushing consistently every day, you may not be getting the full dental care you need. Mouth rinse is the answer! As a liquid, it’s able to get in between the gums and teeth better than bristles and thread. It shouldn’t be used as a replacement (because it can’t scrub away plaque buildup) but as an addition.

The risk of getting infections or diseases such as cavities or periodontal disease can be greatly reduced by using mouth rinse. Reducing plaque buildup, speed of tartar (hardened plaque) preventing tooth decay, reducing gingivitis (early form of gum disease), and freshening your breath are other great aspects of how mouth rinses can help in your dental care.

The two main mouth rinses to choose from are cosmetic and therapeutic washes. Cosmetic can temporarily reduce bad breath but don’t reduce your risk of infections such as cavities or plaque buildup. Therapeutic mouth rinses are an option available over-the-counter but sometimes you need a prescription to acquire a certain brand or type. This can be done by your dentist. These also contain active ingredients (sometimes fluoride) helping to reduce cavities, plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath.

Come into our dental clinic in Hermitage, Tennessee, to speak to Dr. Brandon Burger and our associates about which mouth rinse option is best for you and your smile. Call Brandon Burger, DDS at 615-889-8202 to get a healthier and better smile today!