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Century Dental
Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123

Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

How To Pick The Right Kind Of Mouthwash

Posted on 7/28/2015 by Dr. Call
A man washing his mouth with mouthwash.Your dental health is important to you, and that's why you want the very best products to make it into your dental care routine. While you may have already found the best toothpaste or toothbrush, you may still be struggling to complete your dental care routine with a high-quality and enjoyable mouthwash.

While brushing your teeth and flossing can be more vital to your dental care routine, using mouthwash can be important as well. Using any type of mouthwash can help prevent periodontal disease and can reduce the quality and quantity of the bacteria that are usually present in your mouth. Not only that, but it can make the mouth feel fresher and smell better - especially after fragrant meals. Most dentists recommend a mouthwash as the final step in your mouth care routine; that is, it's to be done after flossing and brushing.

Using your mouthwash should be a pleasant and cleansing experience, so feel free to experiment with choices until that becomes the truth. Especially when it comes to kids or teenagers who may try to skip the mouthwash process unless it's a good experience, you need to find something that cleanses well while still providing a good experience every morning and night.

Selecting the best mouthwash for your needs doesn't have to be difficult, but with all of the selections available in your local grocery store, you might be wondering what things you should be looking for when you're trying to find the best mouthwash for your needs. Luckily, if you just understand a few basic differences between mouthwashes, you'll be set on your journey of finding the best one for you:

Flavor: The most important aspect of mouthwash for most people will be the flavor. Mint tends to be the overpowering favorite flavor, you'll see as you walk down the mouthwash aisle, but even the mint intensity will vary between manufacturers. Non-mint purists may need to look a bit harder to find a flavor that works for them, but especially online, it's possible to find non-mint mouthwashes. It just may take a bit more of a search than for your mint-loving counterparts.

Look for Dental Approval: The American Dental Association approves mouthwashes that meet their list of standard criteria. In order to be approved, a manufacturer must submit scientific evidence that their wash is safe and effective. It also must submit evidence that substantiates any claims that are made on the packaging. For your peace of mind, you may wish to choose a wash that includes the ADA approval.

Alcohol: Some mouthwashes contain alcohol. While alcohol can help lengthen the shelf life of the flavor in your wash, it also can dry out some people's mouths. However, not all people are affected by dry mouth, so it may be a question to ask your dentist at your next visit.

Fluoride: Fluoride is a necessary part of living a healthier life, but most cities have already added fluoride into your water supply. However, if you don't drink a lot of tap water, having an additional rinse of fluoride may be useful. Daily fluoride rinses are also a good idea for people who are prone to cavities for an extra layer of protection.

While these tips will get you started on the right foot, it may take you a bit to find a mouthwash that you truly fall in love with. Don't give up! If possible, try to find small, trial-size bottles of various mouthwashes in order to experiment with new types without being locked into using an entire full-size bottle. If you find yourself at an impasse, you may want to consult your dentist for opinions on your unique dental situation. Dentists are always happy to recommend items that work well for any particular concerns you may have.

Take your newfound knowledge into the dental care aisle and find the best mouthwash that's going to streamline your tooth brushing routine.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your mouthwash.
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Welcome to Century Dental, where we make your beautiful smile our business! Dr. Densley and Dr. Call have teamed up to create the driving force in the dental industry of the Pacific Northwest. We have put together a team of highly skilled, professional staff.

Hillsboro Family Dentist

We take great pride in creating a comfortable and friendly environment where our patients can have a positive dental experience. Located in Hillsboro, our office is easily accessible as it is right off of Oregon Route 8. We have gone to great lengths to make sure our office is both state-of-the-art and also comfortable and inviting.

Services Offered

Preventive Dentistry

We are passionate about preventing problems before they start. We do so by educating our patients about what positive dental habits they can be forming and having our patients visit us twice a year for exams and cleanings.

Restorative Dentistry

We understand that often, due to circumstances outside of your control, your mouth may need restorative actions taken. That’s why we offer a bevy of restorative procedures to bring your smile back to it’s original luster.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Frequently we hear that the procedures that make the biggest difference in our patient’s smiles are cosmetic in nature. Whitening, veneers and Invisalign® are just a few of the cosmetic procedure we offer!

IV Sedation

For those patients that need more than just oral sedation we offer what is often called “sleep sedation”. If anxiety is an issue or if the procedure calls for it we can easily place you under full anesthesia to ensure that you rest peacefully through the whole thing.

Dental Implants

If you have lost a tooth or are looking at tooth removal as an option, dental implants are the most highly recommended form of replacement for teeth. Dental implants involve inserting a titanium post into your jaw which will fuse with your bone structure. The post will be topped with a crown made specifically to fit your bite. The result is a form of tooth replacement that looks and acts exactly as your real tooth would. It even prevents bone loss, which is a common side effect of tooth loss.

Dental Technology

We are happy to use a great variety of cutting edge technology in our practice. Digital X-rays are one of our staples in dental tech. Standard X-rays can take time to view and process but with the advent of digital X-rays we can view the inner workings of your mouth almost instantly. We are also able to take higher quality X-rays that allow us to detect things like tooth decay within the tooth, cysts, tumors, and impacted teeth. Further, the radiation you receive from a digital X-ray device is about 1/5th that of a standard X-ray.

We also offer intraoral cameras and ultrasonic scalers. The intraoral cameras aid us in detecting any issues within your mouth that may need further dental attention. Ultrasonic scalers are by far the most effective method for removing built up plaque and tartar that has accumulated on teeth.

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