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Why I recommend using a fluoride rinse.
A fluoride rinse, such as the ACT brand, will help to guard against gum disease, preserve the integrity of existing dental work, guard against the formation of dental caries, and help to strengthen your existing enamel. Many of the other dental rinses contain alcohol which dry gum tissues making them more susceptible to opportunistic bacteria. In fact, if you have a condition which casues dry mouth or you are a woman experieincing dry mouth as a condition of hormonal changes in menopause, there is an ACT Dry Mouth rinse that specifically addresses these conditions.
I also like the the ACT dispenser for children, as it control the amount that will come out of the container, preventing a child from using too much.
Using a dental fluoride rinse will also strengthen existing enamel which is essential in preserving the integrity of your tooth structure.
To review, in combination with brushing and flossing, the ADA says that bacteria-fighting mouth rinses can reduce bacteria in dental plaque and thus help prevent gum disease. In addition, fluoride mouth rinses help reduce and prevent tooth decay. Look for dental rinses that do not contain alcohol. Rinses are not appropriate for children under 6 years of age because they can swallow the rinse. Make sure that your child is capable of rinsing folowed by spitting afterwards and understands that he/she should not swallow the rinse.