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The type of mouth rinse we suggest: ACT fluoride rinse vs Listerine

By Sasha Curry

The one thing we know about you is that you have a beautiful smile - a smile that’s worth taking care of, and a smile we’re passionate about maintaining. As is the case with many areas of self-care, the number of options to choose from can at times, feel a little overwhelming. Oral care is much the same. Our hope is to make your oral health routine as manageable and easy to follow as possible.

Today, we will be discussing what type(s) of mouthwash M Street Dental recommends while covering some of the details pertaining to ACT (Anticavity) fluoride rinse vs Listerine. 

First, let’s explore ACT fluoride rinse. What it is, and how you might benefit by incorporating it into your routine?

What is ACT (Anticavity) fluoride rinse?

ACT Fluoride Rinse is used to help prevent cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. ACT products can also help strengthen tooth enamel, remove plaque bacteria from teeth and gums, and decrease painful tooth sensitivity.

Can I benefit from using an ACT fluoride rinse?

For individuals who are at a high risk of developing cavities, incorporating an ACT fluoride rinse has been shown to aid in the prevention of developing cavities, as well as in some cases, reverse the depletion of enamel on the teeth. 

We recommend using a fluoride rinse once a day, at night, and it should be the last thing that goes in your mouth before laying down for bed. Drinking or swishing with water afterward will rinse the fluoride away. In order to ensure that you are experiencing the highest possible benefit of a fluoride rinse, it’s best to allow the solution to settle onto your teeth and gums without flushing it from your mouth by rinsing afterwards. 

What is Listerine?

Listerine is, “an antiseptic mouthwash product, and is named after Joseph Lister, a pioneer of antiseptic surgery”. 

How does Listerine compare to other brand name mouthwashes?

Listerine is the only rinse that has been given the ADA seal of acceptance and has been proven to be effective when combating/preventing plaque and gingivitis

How might I benefit from the regular use of Listerine?

As the only ADA approved rinse on the market, Listerine has been proven to benefit oral health in a number of different ways. 

Bad breath:

You have a beautiful smile, and M Street dental would love to ensure that your self-care routine is as well rounded as possible. By brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once, and rinsing twice a day with an antiseptic mouthwash such as Listerine, most cases of bad breath can be avoided all together. 

Using a product such as Listerine regularly will help to keep oral bacteria at bay, allowing you to smile from ear to ear, knowing that your breath is as fresh as possible. 

Gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontitis (bone loss):

Caring for your teeth can feel like a big commitment. Studies have shown that by making a regularity out of using rinses like Listerine, the abovementioned oral health complications can be avoided altogether, and in many cases reversed or put into remission.  Like most things, a routine can be quite simple; however, the key to benefiting most from any area of your oral care action plan is consistency. 

If you are curious about the variations of Listerine products that are available or would like to understand some of the other benefits of such, head on over to their website for more information.

How should I start to incorporate ACT rinses or Listerine into my routine?

When it comes to building and maintaining a routine, we recommend incorporating what you know you can maintain consistently. Ideally, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once, and rinsing twice a day with an antiseptic mouthwash such as Listerine or an ACT rinse. While you are introducing these recommendations into your day to day, think bite-size. Incorporate what you can maintain, and build from there. 

And as they say, rinse and repeat!

From everyone at M Street Dental, we wish you the very best and encourage you to get in touch should you have any questions, or are looking to access the best dental care available. Get in touch with one of our dental experts today. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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