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From time to time, everyone can use a little help with their breath. It may be you had a lunch that is still lingering even after you leave the restaurant. You might need to tighten up your oral healthcare routine, or you may have a medical condition that is causing your bad breath. One way to cope with bad breath, also known as halitosis is through the use of a mouthwash or a rinse.

Therapeutic mouthwashes are designed to enhance your oral health care regimen. They can be formulated to combat bad breath and cavities, fight plaque and tartar, supplement your fluoride intake, or to reduce your risk of gum disease. Your dentist may also give you a prescription for a mouthwash designed to replace your saliva in the case of dry mouth, or for a fluoridated mouthwash if he feels it is needed. Cosmetic mouthwashes will freshen your breath and they have a pleasant taste; however they have no medicinal value. When selecting your mouthwash you should always check for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

If your bad breath problem cannot be addressed by a mouthwash or rinse, then the problem may be caused by tooth decay, medication, or an illness or disease. Before you change, or add anything to your dental routine you should talk with your dentist to find which product is best suited for your situation.

Whether you are dealing with dry mouth, bad breath, or another issue, our dentist, Dr. Joel Manalese at Regal Dentistry can help. If you live in the Riverside, California area, call 951-888-5805 to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you have a fresh and healthy smile.