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Get the Facts about Rinsing Your Mouth

Posted on 3/23/2016 by Thomas Mahar
A woman rinsing her mouth out with a glass of water.Rinsing out your mouth with mouthwash is a great addition to any oral hygiene routine, but it is important that you do it right. Choosing the wrong product or failing to rinse for long enough could defeat the purpose of your efforts. By learning more about rinsing with mouthwash, you can reap the benefits.

Consider the Ingredients
Before you choose any mouthwash, make sure that you are reading the labels carefully. Most mouthwashes will include one of these ingredients:

•  Antimicrobials. These kill bacteria that can cause plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath, and they may also help to fight against more advanced forms of gum disease.
•  Astringent salt. This deodorizer will temporarily mask bad breath.
•  Fluoride. This additive will prevent cavities while reducing tooth decay.
•  Peroxide. This whitener can help to fight against stains that may accumulate on the teeth.

Look for ADA Approval

Whenever you are trying to find a mouthwash or rinse, it is important that you look for products that contain a seal from the American Dental Association. This seal is only awarded to dental products that have been scientifically proven to work. The good news for natural product fans is that the ADA does recognize some of these options, as well.

Techniques for Rinsing

You can swish with mouthwash either before or after you floss, but make sure you do so for as close to a minute as you get. Be patient when looking for results, as most will take a few weeks to notice.

It is important to remember that a mouthwash should be added to your dental hygiene routine, and it isn't intended to serve as a replacement for brushing and flossing. Mouthwash also won't cure a serious problem, so if you are experiencing chronic bad breath or bleeding of the gums, make sure that you contact our office today to make an appointment.

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