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When selecting a mouthwash, it’s important to remember that mouthwashes and rinses do not replace brushing and flossing on daily basis, and they do not replace regular visits with your dentist for cleanings and exams. However, mouthwashes and rinses are great products to use to give your teeth, gums and mouth extra cleaning and protection as part of a good dental health routine. There is no shortage of products available in the stores, but it is a good idea to think about what you need and want out of a mouthwash or rinse.

Therapeutic mouthwashes can kill the bacteria in your mouth, attack plaque and tartar, as well as give you an extra dose of fluoride. These mouthwashes can help fight cavities and gum disease. Some of these products may require a prescription from your dentist, although many are available over the counter. On the other hand, there are many cosmetic mouthwashes on the market. Cosmetic products fight bad breath, and they taste good, but they have no health effects.

When you use a mouthwash, follow the instructions on the label, although in most cases, you should use it for about thirty seconds before spitting it out.

Since mouthwashes that contain fluoride help prevent cavities and strengthen teeth, they can be used by adults and older, children. However many brands contain alcohol, and small children that might swallow the mouthwash should not use it until they are old enough to understand that they need to spit it out when they are done. Some brands do not contain alcohol, which are beneficial for small children and people who experience dry mouth or a burning sensation with brands containing alcohol.

For more information about mouthwash, or any other aspect of oral hygiene, or if you would just like to make an appointment for a cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. Shay Markovitch at Wappingers Falls Dental Arts in Wappingers Falls. New York, will be happy to see you. Call our office today at 845-297-0757 to make an appointment.