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Mouth Rinse: Cosmetic Versus Therapeutic Marietta, GA

Mouth Rinse: Cosmetic Versus Therapeutic

When it comes to purchasing a mouthwash, you are probably well aware of the vast number of options. Mouth rinse (or mouthwash) can be an excellent addition to your home oral care routine. Although you can choose from different flavors and brands, mouth rinses are typically considered as one of two types: cosmetic or therapeutic. They can also be a combination of the two.

Your cosmetic rinses are the ones sold over-the-counter. They are designed to reduce bacteria in the mouth and rinse away debris either before or after brushing. Most people rely on cosmetic mouth rinses to temporarily suppress bad breath. Some may also contain fluoride to protect your teeth against decay.

Therapeutic rinses, on the other hand, are only prescribed by a dentist. These will also diminish bacteria, remove debris and freshen your breath. However, a therapeutic rinse also contains an added active ingredient to help protect against certain oral diseases.

Not all dentists agree on the importance of mouthwash to remove plaque. You should always discuss your oral hygiene routine with your dentist to ensure you are using the right products for your unique smile needs. Some mouth rinses can contain up to 26% alcohol, which can cause irritation if you are not careful. Another fact to be aware of is that mouthwash can mask gum disease symptoms like bad breath. Maintaining your regular dental visits can eliminate this concern.

If you are unsure which mouth rinse to invest in, ask us at Gilreath Family Dentistry. We welcome the opportunity to assist you with your oral hygiene products so that you can make the most of your time and money when it comes to your smile health.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Marietta, GA 30060

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