How and When to Use Mouthwash

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    How and When to Use Mouthwash

    Mouthwash is an oral rinse that is used to clean your teeth, gums, and mouth. Different varieties of mouthwash provide different benefits. Some contain specific bacteria-killing ingredients that help prevent plaque buildup on the teeth and excess bacteria in the mouth. Some mouthwashes simply freshen breath, while others provide anti-cavity benefits from ingredients such as fluoride.

    Regardless of the mouthwash you choose, it is not a substitute for brushing and flossing regularly.

    It’s easy to incorporate mouthwashes into your daily routine. 

    The following are basic instructions for most mouthwashes: 

    1. It’s best to use mouthwash after you’ve thoroughly brushed and flossed your teeth.
    2. Fill the cup with the recommended amount or follow the directions on the label.
    3. Rinse your mouth for at least 30 seconds, and swish the liquid in your mouth.
    4. Avoid swallowing the solution, instead spit it out into the sink. Fluoride and antiseptic ingredients in mouthwashes should not be consumed in large amounts.

    As a precaution, please know that some mouthwashes contain alcohol, so if you are someone who struggles with addiction, be very aware of the ingredients before you purchase. Also, most adult mouthwashes are not recommended for children under the age of six.

    If you have more questions about the best way to use mouthwash in your oral health routine, please contact our office at 828.631.3283 or request an appointment through our website.

    David S. McGuire, DDS