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Mouthwashes (also called mouth rinses) can serve an important function when integrated into a comprehensive oral-care routine, alongside consistent brushing, flossing, and dentist visits. Walgreens includes all the leading brands and formulations for every need and condition. Ingredients and particular function may vary, but mouthwashes in general work to clean and freshen the mouth. Some mainly tackle bad breath, while others are more specifically therapeutic in nature, pinpointing the bacteria that cause plaque and tartar and the periodontal diseases associated with them. Many offer both odor-neutralizing and antimicrobial properties. Whatever you're seeking, you'll have plenty of options to choose from in the Walgreens mouthwash inventory--and plenty of detailed information with which to make your final call.

Mouthwashes as part of your daily oral care

Most people have experienced some form of bad breath at one point or another; for some, it's a chronic and embarrassing problem. While an unpleasant odor can stem from any number of sources, including food particles and internal illness, the culprit in many cases is bacterial accumulations in the mouth, particularly on the tongue. In addition, bacteria is a prime constituent of plaque, which can accumulate on the surface of teeth and eventually harden into the tougher form of tartar. Such buildups can spur gingivitis, where gums become highly sensitive, swollen, and aggravated; left untreated, this condition may progress into the more serious form of periodontitis, in which gums begin receding and the structural support for teeth begins breaking down, potentially resulting in tooth loss. Thus antimicrobial mouthwashes may tackle both bad breath and plaque-causing bacteria. Mouthwashes also commonly contain fluoride for bolstering the strength of your enamel, the outer coating of your teeth. This helps ward off tooth decay. While never a substitute for brushing or flossing, using a mouthwash consistently supplements those mainstays of well-rounded oral care--providing another round of defense against tooth degradation, gum aggravation, and all the other maladies that can afflict that messy world of ours behind the lips. Walgreens showcases a wide array of top-shelf mouthwashes; spend awhile researching your way to a rinse that protects your teeth and gums while freshening your breath. That'll add a bit of confidence to your smile--always a good thing!