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We all understand that taking care of our teeth is essential. Are you are already brushing twice a day and flossing once a day? Do you wonder if there anything else you can do? Try mouthwash!

Mouthwash, also called mouth rinse, cleans between teeth and in other areas of the mouth that your toothbrush cannot conveniently reach. When used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, mouthwash can help diminish cavities, avert or regulate tooth decay, battle gingivitis, reduce plaque build-up, and freshen breath.

There are two kinds of mouthwash: therapeutic and cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwashes contain active ingredients that destroy bad bacteria and help you avoid cavities, plaque buildup, bad breath, and gum disease. Cosmetic mouthwashes simply freshen your breath temporarily.

Some mouthwashes are created for explicit tasks, such as adding fluoride, killing bacteria, or freshening breath. Some are intended to loosen plaque before brushing. Always read labels carefully and ask your dentist about your personal health needs.

Mouthwash is not endorsed for children under 6 years old. Be vigilant of swallowing copious amounts of mouthwash. This can lead to nausea, vomiting, or even intoxication (due to the alcohol content of some rinses). If you need to avoid alcohol, read labels carefully, as many rinses contain noteworthy amounts of alcohol.

Though some therapeutic mouthwashes are prescription-strength, many can be acquired over-the-counter. Look for the American Dental Association seal of approval on all mouthwash products. Talk to your dentist, Dr. Soren Michaelsen about which mouthwash is right for you based on your dental care needs. Call Dental Arts of Catoosa in Catoosa, Oklahoma at 918-205-1378 today!