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What to Look for in a Mouthwash That Helps with Gum Disease


Posted on 12/15/2019 by Robert Henshaw, DMD
What to Look for in a Mouthwash That Helps with Gum DiseaseUsing mouthwash every day is an important part of preventing gum disease from occurring. However, there are a lot of different mouthwashes available to choose from today. How do you know which one is right for you?

Understanding the Ingredients in Mouthwash


When you look at a bottle of mouthwash, you'll find that there are some that freshen breath while others offer anti-cavity protection, ward off gum disease, or some even do a combination of these things. If you're primarily concerned about gum disease, then you should find one that's been proven to eliminate the bacteria and germs that cause it in the first place. Make sure that this mouthwash also won't irritate your gums while doing its job.

You also want to make sure that the mouthwash you choose doesn't contain any alcohol. This can cause your mouth to feel like it's burning. Although alcohol is found in many mouthwashes, this burning sensation will make you spit the mouthwash out sooner than you should. When this happens, you're limiting the mouthwash's ability to kill germs and provide you with other health benefits. Of course, this is also a great option when you're looking for a mouthwash that your whole family can use since most parents don't want their children using any products with alcohol in them.

There are some mouthwashes that claim to be specially made for “sensitive gums.” This is a good option if you feel that the ingredients in mouthwash are irritating or if you have sensitive gums. You may also find this type of mouthwash useful after you have a dental procedure done.

If you find that you're still confused when it comes to mouthwash, make sure to give our office a call. We're here to help you find the best oral healthcare products so you can maintain great oral hygiene.
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