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Mouthwash is a great tool to use if you’re interested in keeping bacteria away from your teeth. However, with so many kinds of mouthwash available, how do you choose one that best meets your needs? For instance, did you know that some mouthwashes can actually fight off bad breath, tooth decay, and even bad breath?

For instance, you may want to choose a mouthwash with alcohol in it. You see, because of this alcohol, these type of mouthwashes can kill bacteria more quickly. Similarly, these types of mouthwash can also help your breath and whiten your teeth. However, if you chose this type of mouthwash, you may feel a slight burning sensation in your mouth.

Another popular type of mouthwash is alcohol and fluoride free. These mouthwashes are extremely useful because they can help you fight off bad breath and gum disease–without any unpleasant burning. However, because this mouthwash doesn’t have fluoride, it may not help you prevent cavities as well. Fortunately, if you’re interested, you could choose a mouthwash with fluoride that doesn’t have alcohol.

However, please don’t misunderstand. While adding mouthwash to your regular routine may be a good choice, you’ll still need to brush twice a day and floss daily. You should also remember to schedule two appointments with our dentist every year. During these appointments, our team may be able to identify signs of trouble—hopefully before they become too serious.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of mouthwash, please don’t hesitate to contact Summit Village Family Dental at 816-287-5650. Our dentist, Dr. Carole Gleich, will be happy to answer any of your questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon.