Choosing the Right Mouthwash for YOU!

There are many different mouthwashes on the market today and it really kind of depends on what your specific needs are as to which one you choose. The main thing to look for in a mouthwash when choosing the right mouthwash for your taste, is that it has the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. adaThis means that the product has met all criteria through the ADA to be approved for safety and effectiveness. It also means that anything on the label or packaging that the product claims has been evaluated and approved.

At your last dental check up, did you have a bunch of cavities?
If you did, you may want to start rinsing with a mouthwash that has fluoride.  Fluoride helps to increase the strength of teeth and also make them less cavity prone (you may want to also check out your diet as to why those cavities are appearing).  Usually fluoride rinses are meant to be swished after you brush your teeth and then avoid eating or drinking for about ½ hour to let it soak in.  To learn more about Fluoride, check out our “Guide to Fluoride: Why You Need it” blog entry.

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Why Do People Get Bad Breath?

We have all at one time or another experienced bad breath, or medically termed, halitosis.  Unfortunately, some people may not know that they have it, but why do people get bad breath?  It’s an awkward situation when someone you know has chronic bad breath and you aren’t sure how to tell him or her.  In actuality, bad breath could not just come from the onions your friend ate; it could be something actually wrong with their system.

why-do-people-get-bad-breathBad breath usually stems from not brushing and flossing enough.  When food sits on your teeth, gums and tongue, bacteria thrives on it and causes odors to start forming.  This is easy enough to resolve.  Try as much as possible to brush your teeth after meals and floss at least once a day.  The one thing that people are missing is brushing their tongue.  Tongues are tricky little organs due to the fact that they have numerous taste buds and papillae that trap food particles and bacteria.  Some people even have cracks and crevices in their tongue that make for even worse food traps.  If you suffer from bad breath, try brushing your tongue first and see if that helps.  There are things called tongue scrapers that have a saw blade pattern to them that can help you scrape debris from your tongue. You would be surprised at what comes off of your tongue when you use these little gadgets. There are also special brushes and special cleaning liquids that are made to help clean the tongue, but in general, using your toothbrush works just as well. Continue Reading…