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How do antiseptics and powered toothbrushes help prevent dental problems?

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Antiseptic rinses help get rid of bacteria that cause gum disease and bad breath. Fluoride rinses help prevent tooth decay. Dentists recommend rinsing once or twice a day.

You may find a powered toothbrush better, especially if you have hand, arm, or shoulder problems that make manual brushing difficult. If you have children, be sure to buy them child-sized brushes so they fit their hands and mouth, and are easier to use.

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Richard Price, DMD, spokesperson, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums (Oral Hygiene)."

"Dental Products for Home Use."

WebMD: "Sipping Soda Through a Straw May Cut Cavities."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Richard Price, DMD, spokesperson, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums (Oral Hygiene)."

"Dental Products for Home Use."

WebMD: "Sipping Soda Through a Straw May Cut Cavities."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

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