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    The Purpose of Mouthwash

    The Purpose of Mouthwash

    Mouthwash is a liquid solution which is swilled around the mouth to freshen breath, reduce plaque, reduce gingivitis and reduce the speed of tartar formation. The American Dental Association identifies two types of mouthwashes: Therapeutic and cosmetic mouthwash. Therapeutic mouthwash contains fluoride that reduces plaque, gingivitis, cavities, and bad breath. Cosmetic mouthwashes may temporarily control or reduce bad breath and leave the mouth with a pleasant taste, but don’t deal with the causes of bad breath. It doesn’t kill the bacteria that causes bad breath.

    Dental Consideration:

    Dentist strongly suggest that the use of mouthwash will not replace the need for brushing and flossing. It is an added dental care products but tooth brushing is still the best weapon for cleaning the teeth and gums. It is advisable also not to use mouthwash  immediately after brushing the teeth so as not to wash away the beneficial fluoride residue left from the toothpaste.  Most mouthwashes are available without a prescription. Your dentist can advise you whether you need a mouthwash and what kind of mouthwash to use depending on your oral health needs.

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