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Did you know that mouthwash can be an extremely effective tool to help improve your oral health? However, not all forms of mouthwash should be treated equally, because they may not be designed to do the same tasks, and many products go unregulated. Thus, the standards they hold are not to the highest degree. Some forms of mouthwash only exist to merely freshen breath, although most forms of halitosis are the result of odor-causing bacteria within your mouth, which mouthwash can help treat.

As the popularity of mouthwash has grown, so too has its uses. The addition of fluoride to many forms of mouthwash is done to help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay and gum disease from occurring. When choosing a mouthwash to help keep your smile clean, look for products that feature the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Another common use for mouthwash is to whiten teeth. Although professional teeth whitening treatments given at our dentist office are still the safest and highest quality whitening treatments, whitening mouthwash can be used to help supplement your teeth whitening care.

To schedule an oral exam at Daniel Richards, DMD, simply book an appointment at our dentist office in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, with Dr. Daniel Richards and the rest of our team. We can be reached at (205) 823-6300. Visit us today, and enjoy the season with a smile!