The Purpose of Mouthwash

While it should not take the place of daily brushing and flossing, mouthwash is good to add to your daily oral hygiene routine.  The benefit of using a mouthwash is that it can reach areas not easily accessed by a toothbrush.

Basically there are two types of mouthwash: cosmetic and therapeutic.  Cosmetic mouthwash may temporarily control bad breath and leave behind a pleasant taste. If it doesn’t contain any ingredients that can kill bacteria, it would be considered cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwashes on the other hand, contain ingredients that control or reduce conditions like bad breath, gingivitis, plaque, and tooth decay.

When choosing a mouthwash, be sure to look for the ADA Seal of  Approval.  Mouthwashes offer additional benefits such as reducing the risk of bad breath, cavities, or gum disease; or for relief of dry mouth or pain from oral sores

Remember, children younger than the age of 6 should not use mouthwash because of the risk of swallowing.

So use your mouthwash, either before or after brushing. Your teeth, mouth and gums will feel better for it.

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