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To always make sure that your mouth can continue to function effectively, it is essential that you add additional layers of protection against risks such as cavities and gum disease. This includes making sure any debris and plaque buildup that occurs in your mouth is effectively treated. Plaque buildup often arises as a thin layer due to poor oral hygiene. If left untreated, plaque buildup can produce harmful acids that will chew through your tooth enamel. However, through the use of cleaning utensils such as mouthwash, plaque can be eliminated.

There are two different types of mouthwash that often can be used for your oral health. Whereas cosmetic mouthwash is helpful for temporarily reducing bad breath, it will not be able to kill the bacteria responsible for it. However, therapeutic mouthwash will not only kill bacteria responsible for bad breath, but it can also be used to help lower your risk for plaque buildup, gingivitis, and cavities. It is important to also look for mouthwash products that have the ability to reduce the speed of tartar formation, which occurs when plaque hardens. Tartar is dangerous to your smile because it cannot easily be removed and requires the help of a dentist.

If you’re unsure about which mouthwash products to use, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on product packaging. The American Dental Association awards the seal for products that have demonstrated the highest standards of safety and effectiveness. Speak with you about product recommendations and suggestions.

In addition, mouthwash often includes teeth whiteners to help remove deep stains and discolorations. If you are interested in whitening your teeth, look for a mouthwash that touts the benefits of teeth whitening.

Steven Wolfson, DDS wants to help you with rebuilding your smile with better oral health care treatments. To schedule an appointment at our office in Houston, Texas, please call us at 713-893-4288. Dr. Steven Wolfson and our team invite you to come see us and let us show you the benefits of a better smile today!