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Keep Your Mouth and Gums Healthy With a Daily Rinse

Your mouth has more to do with your overall health than you might realize, and daily brushing and flossing may not be enough to keep harmful bacteria at bay. If you find that you still struggle with red, tender, or inflamed gums or gum disease, consider the benefits of adding a daily mouthwash to help flush out bacteria and keep your gums happy and healthy.
Reduce Plaque
Plaque is a sticky film that often builds up around the gum line and harbors bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if it is not removed. Brushing and flossing play a critical role in removing plaque, but sometimes they are not enough to get plaque that finds its way into the tiniest cracks and crevices between teeth. If you don’t remove plaque, it eventually hardens into tartar and can lead to severe gum disease. An effective mouthwash can help rinse away some of that hard-to-reach plaque, leaving your mouth healthier and your teeth cleaner.
Fight Cavities
If you have excess bacteria in your mouth, it begins to eat away at the enamel that surrounds your teeth, leaving a hole in the internal structure of the tooth. Once cavities reach the nerves inside your tooth they can make everyday activities, like eating and drinking, very painful. Regular oral care that includes brushing, flossing, and a mouth rinse to fight the germs can reduce your risk of cavities.
Eliminate Gum Disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about half of all Americans suffer from periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). This includes many people who brush their teeth at least twice a day. If left unchecked, mild periodontal disease can lead to severe disease, such as gingivitis or even periodontitis. These diseases cause the gums to recede, pulling away from the teeth, and often result in tooth loss. To fight against this, many dentists recommend a full range of oral care, including brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and supplementing with an anti-bacterial rinse.
Your oral health care is important, so be sure to take care of your teeth every day and make regular appointments with a dentist to get professional cleanings and oral exams. 
By Susan Taylor | | Health |
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