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You’ve probably noticed the plethora of options available for different kinds of mouthwash. But which is the best for you and your oral health care needs? Of course, talking with your dentist is important to make the final decision, but here are some things to consider in the meantime.

There are two general categories of mouthwash, called “therapeutic” and “cosmetic.” To be blunt, cosmetic mouthwashes are not particularly useful when it comes to dental and oral hygiene. They may mask bad breath temporarily, but they do not kill the bacteria actually causing the halitosis in the first place. For a more thorough and effective clean, use a therapeutic mouthwash.

Therapeutic mouthwashes contain active ingredients that kill damaging microflora in your mouth. Some therapeutic mouthwashes are also designed for other tasks, such as to prevent cavities, plaque buildup, halitosis, or gum disease. They could even include include loosening plaque before brushing, adding fluoride (a substance which fortifies tooth enamel), or maintaining teeth whiteness. Read labels carefully, and ask your dentist about specific needs in your oral health care plan.

For more information, call Witty Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Nicholasville, Kentucky, at 859-881-4633. Dr. Casey Witty and our team are happy to help you keep your smile as healthy as it can be!