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Your oral health is very important and caring for it should be a priority because it can influence the health of your entire body. To care for your health, you’ll need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. Still, do you ever wonder if there’s anything else you can do for your smile? Fortunately, one thing you can do is include mouthwash in your oral care routine.

Naturally, using mouthwash can help you improve your breath—but did you know that mouthwash could also hide the cause of your bad breath. In other words, if you’re reaching for mouthwash often, we recommend visiting our team to discover the underlying cause.

However, while mouthwash won’t cure the underlying cause of your bad breath, it can be used to prevent it. Specifically, antibacterial mouthwashes fight the bacteria that cause plaque and help prevent gum disease. Please remember that not all mouthwashes are antibacterial. Other mouthwashes contain fluoride, which can help you protect and strengthen your enamel. Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash also removes some food debris from your teeth and gums.

Many types of mouthwash also contain alcohol which can kill bad bacteria in your mouth. However, you can choose alcohol-free mouthwash, which is usually recommended for children and individuals who suffer from sensitive teeth. Some argue that alcohol-free mouthwash may also be better for your oral health because alcohol dries out your mouth.

If you would like to learn more about mouthwash, or caring for your teeth in Dayton, Ohio, please feel free to call Rahn Dental Group at (937) 435-0324. Our dentist, Dr. Richard C. Quinttus, and our team will assess and examine your mouth and help you decide on the mouthwash that’s best for you. We look forward to receiving your call.