Mouthwash (or mouth-rinse) is an essential part of good oral hygiene. We only recommend mouthwashes with the ADA Seal of Approval (ie Listerine, ACT). For a complete list of ADA accepted mouthwashes please go to: http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/ada-seal-products/product-category?supercategory=Mouthrinses
Mouthwashes are not meant to be a replacement to brushing and flossing your teeth daily. We recommend rinsing with a mouthwash after flossing and brushing BUT keep in mind that you should NOT rinse your mouth with water after the mouthwash. This is a very common mistake people make. Also you should avoid drinking water or eating for 30 minutes after using mouthwash.
Types of mouthwashes:
- Cosmetic mouthwash: This category of mouthwashes are meant to temporarily control bad breath. These types of mouthwashes do not reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and thus are considered to be cosmetic.
- Therapeutic mouthwash: In comparison to above, this category have factors which aid in reducing the amount of bacteria which helps to decrease bad breath, plaque, gingivitis and even help prevent tooth decay.
The take away is that it should NOT replace daily brushing and flossing and its an additional step to the daily routine which can provide benefits.
*Currently we do not recommend children younger than 6 years of age to use mouthwash because there is a chance they will swallow it. From 6 to 12 years of age, its recommended mouthwashes be used under supervision of an adult.*
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