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If you are fighting dental caries, gingivitis and bad breath, you may consider incorporating mouthwash into your daily routine to help. While daily brushing and flossing are a must, mouthwash is not considered a necessity but it can boost your current efforts if you use the right one. Depending on your needs, the right mouthwash can do is find the right type of mouthwash to address your needs.

When you rinse is debatable; you can rinse before or after you brush and floss. The American Dental Association (ADA) found that either method works well. What is important however, is the length of time you rinse. Keep it in your mouth for 30 to 60 seconds to receive the benefits listed on the product label. Also, make sure your mouthwash carries the ADA Seal of Approval on the label to ensures that the product has proven to be safe and effective.

Which One Should You Use?

Fluoride mouthwash prevents cavities while protecting and strengthening precious tooth enamel.

Cosmetic mouthwash helps your breath smell fresh and makes your teeth feel clean.

Antibacterial mouthwash kills bacteria that causes your bad breath.

Antiseptic mouthwash kills bacteria along with viruses, and fungi, but also contains alcohol which can dry out the mouth.

How to Use Mouthwash

Follow the directions
Take a moment to read and follow the manufacture directions. If you skip this step you may fail to achieve the product’s full benefits because you are not using the product correctly. Some products advise diluting the solution, and others do not.

Use the right amount
Pour the solution into your mouth using the cup that comes with your mouthwash or a small cup you have set aside for this purpose.

Create a seal
Close your mouth completely to create a seal. You don’t want to spill mouthwash while you swish it around vigorously.

Swish, swish, swish
Swish the solution back and forth for approximately 30-60 seconds. Make sure you swish around the front and back of your teeth, including the molars, under the tongue, and the roof of the mouth. Don’t skip gargling with the rinse to kill germs that accumulate in the back of the mouth.

To rinse, or not to rinse
After you spit out the mouthwash, you can leave it without rinsing with tap water, or you can rinse with water. If you don’t rinse with water, don’t drink anything for at least ten minutes. If you use a hydrogen peroxide or mouthwash with a high alcohol content, consider rinsing after using because these can irritate and dry out your mouth.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call our Greg Wolfe Family Dentistry team at 805-654-1174 today!