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A daily mouth washing routine is wise for your oral hygiene. While there is no better habit to get into than brushing and flossing, including a mouthwash to your morning ritual is a welcome addition.

The assault on tooth decay is all about getting into those cracks and tight spaces, but reaching the problem places where bacteria hide is never easy. Gargling with a mouthwash can help:

-Take out halitosis (bad breath)
-Aid in the reduction of tooth decay
-Remove plaque
-Battle gingivitis
-Ban tartar from forming

Even those loyal soldiers who floss every day can profit from flushing with a mouthwash that includes antibacterial properties.

When you look to purchase an over-the-counter mouthwash, read the label to verify you are getting one that contains fluoride and aids in eliminating plaque, gingivitis, and cavities as well as bad breath. There are cosmetic mouthwashes that promise fresh breath but do nothing for your dental health. So, be sure to pick a mouthwash that sports the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This ensures that it has undergone testing to be safe and effective for your dental health.

doctor note: Swallowing large amounts of mouthwash can cause nausea, vomiting and in some products intoxication due to alcohol. For this reason, we do not recommend mouthwash for children any younger than 6-years-old. Check the label for specific warnings.

Dr. Chadwick Webster would be delighted to advise you on the various types of mouthwashes he recommends. If we can answer your questions or help you in any way, please contact Dental Creations at: 918-307-0307, or come by our office in Tulsa, Oklahoma.