Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WHICH TYPE OF MOUTHWASH IS BEST

(Better Homes and Gardens) Mouthwash is less crucial than brushing and flossing, but a good addition to your regime, especially if you're cavity-prone, says Guila Omene, D.M.D., a member of the American Dental Association. Mouthwashes with alcohol reduce bacteria and freshen breath; those with fluoride strengthen enamel. Your dentist can advise you on the right one.

Choosing a Toothpaste
Beyond looking for the American Dental Association seal of approval, which confirms that the toothpaste does what the label claims, it's personal preference. "Fluoride helps strengthen enamel," says Guila Omene, D.M.D., a member of the American Dental Association. "But it's the brushing motion that does most of the work cleaning your teeth."

Do I Really Need to Floss
Yes, floss. Even though the government cut flossing from its guidelines, the American Dental Association strong stands behind it. "If you were on a desert island, I'd rather you have floss than a toothbrush," says Guila Omene, D.M.D., a member of the ADA. Floss once a day before you brush.

Does Seltzer Hurt my Teeth
While seltzer and carbonated waters have more acid than plain water, they are must less acidic than juice or soda. A can a day if fine. "But I wouldn't chug it all day long," says Guila Omene, D.M.D., a member of the American Dental Association.

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