Mouth rinses can play a useful part in your home oral care routine. The main caution, however, is that the use of a mouth rinse, even one carrying the American Dental Association Seal of Approval, in no way takes the place of brushing and flossing. In fact, one danger with excessive use of over-the-counter mouth rinse is that the fresh smell and sensation it gives to your mouth could mask an unpleasant taste or odor that is the first tell-tale sign of a condition like gum disease. That having been said, a number of mouth rinses have been recognized by the ADA as effective in helping prevent the accumulation of plaque above the gum line.
When selecting a mouth rinse, look for the ADA Seal of Approval, which shows that the product has been objectively evaluated for safety and effectiveness by an independent group of experts. Dentists suggest that you brush and floss immediately before using a mouth rinse because its effects are most productive on clean teeth. A variety of prescription mouth rinses are available to deal with specific oral health problems too. Talk with your dentist to get advice on what sort of mouth rinse is going to be most effective given the particular needs of your oral health situation.
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