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Do you have an oral condition such as gingivitis, dry mouth, or bad breath? If so, you are probably brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and exams. This will give your smile the best chance for improved oral health. But there is something else you can do to help, and that is to employ the help of a therapeutic mouthwash used in tandem with brushing and flossing.

Therapeutic mouthwashes have active ingredients that can work with you to treat your oral condition. Let’s take a look!

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth or xerostomia can occur when your saliva production is insufficient. Sufficient saliva production is vital for good oral health as it bathes the oral mucous membranes in protective enzymes, To help, you can use a fluoride containing mouthwash which supports saliva production. Avoid rinses with alcohol as it is a dehydrating agent.

Halitosis

if you are battling bad breath, you can use mouthwashes with antimicrobials–chlorhexidine, chlorine dioxide, cetylpyridinium chloride, and essential oils (eucalyptol, menthol, thymol, and methyl salicylate). These can kill the harmful bacteria which create halitosis.

Plaque and Gingivitis

You can boost your protection against dental plaque and gingivitis by using rinses with cetylpyridinium, chlorhexidine, and essential oils (eucalyptol, menthol, thymol, and methyl salicylate) in addition to daily brushing and flossing.

Tooth Decay

Using an oral rinse with fluoride can help remineralize teeth and reduce the risk of tooth decay, especially in children, with regular use.

Dry Socket

If you have a tooth extraction, you may be vulnerable to dry socket, which is a painful condition where the blood clot over the extraction site is dislodged or dissolved before your wound heals. This allows the underlying bone and nerves to be exposed. Using an oral rinse with chlorhexidine gluconate can help preempt this.

A mouthwash with the right ingredients can help you protect your oral health. When seeking out dental products, we highly recommend finding those carrying the ADA seal of approval on the label; this ensures that they have been rigorously tested and are both safe and effective for the consumer.

We also invite you to speak with your dentist, if you have any questions about oral health products. Drs. Joseph Kayne and Eric Tidwell at Rock Canyon Dental in Provo, Utah are here for your smile. Just call 801-373-6362 today!