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For a healthy mouth, brush twice a day for two minutes and floss for two to three minutes daily. Some people’s mouths need a little extra support. In these cases, mouthwash may be a good addition for a more efficacious oral hygiene routine. Let’s look over some basic do’s and don’ts as you consider adding mouthwash on a daily basis.

Do: Buy therapeutic mouthwash. There are two main categories of mouthwash: therapeutic and cosmetic. Cosmetic mouthwash freshens breath, but does not actually kill the bacteria that cause the bad breath in the first place. Instead, choose a therapeutic mouthwash, which is designed to kill bacteria and therefore freshen breath. Therapeutic mouthwashes can also be designed to do other things, such as loosening plaque and whitening teeth.

Do: Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging of many oral health products. The products that have the seal have been thoroughly tested for both effectiveness and safety. By buying mouthrinse with the Seal of Acceptance on it, you guarantee that you are getting a quality product that does what it says it does without injuring your teeth or gums.

Don’t: Attempt to use mouthwash as a substitute for brushing and flossing. Even if you use mouthwash, you will still need to brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once a day. Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash all do different things in the service of your mouth. Therefore, they need to be used in conjunction with the others for the best clean.

For more information, call Complete Dental Care in Shadyside, Ohio, at 866-414-3630. Our team is happy to help!