Posted .

You likely already understand what brushing and flossing can do for your oral health. You may have even seen the difference it makes. Have you ever considered supplementing your routine with mouthwash?

There are two main kinds of mouthwash: therapeutic mouthwash and cosmetic mouthwash. Therapeutic mouthwash contains active ingredients that can kill bacteria and help fight dental issues like tooth decay, plaque, gum disease, tartar and bad breath. Cosmetic mouthwash will merely temporarily rid you of bad breath.

When looking for an over the counter mouthwash, Dr. Lara Perry recommends that you seek out a therapeutic mouthwash that carries the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. This label means it has been tested and found to be both safe and effective. You’ll also want to take a look at the alcohol content.

To use mouthwash effectively, pour a mouthful into your mouth and swish it around in your mouth for about 60 seconds, then spit it out into the sink. Do not ever swallow mouthwash. This can cause stomach issues. If you have children under the age of six, make sure to keep your mouthwash out of their reach.

If you are looking for some more ideas on how to boost your oral health or it’s time for your dental cleaning, don’t hesitate to call 830-626-1002 to talk to our caring staff at Hill Country Dental in New Braunfels, Texas.