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If you are having problems keeping your teeth and gums healthy despite regular brushing and flossing, you may benefit from using an oral rinse to supplement your oral hygiene routine. Although using an oral rinse is not a requirement, like using a good toothpaste, toothbrush, and dental floss, it can assist you in your struggle against bad breath, dental caries, and gingivitis. All you need to do is find the right type of mouthwash to address your needs.

Which One Should You Use?

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.

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

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

The American Dental Association (ADA) determined that using an an oral use can be done before or after you brush and floss. 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.

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 benefits you are trying for 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 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.

Rinse or spit: 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 Discovery Park Dental team at 512.260.8330 today!