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The basics of oral hygiene are to brush twice a day for two minutes each time and floss daily. Some people’s individual mouth care needs require a little extra support. Mouthwash may be a good addition for a more solid oral hygiene routine. Let’s look over some do’s and don’ts for using mouthwash.

Do: Choose to use therapeutic mouthwash. With so many mouthwash options, it can be difficult to decide which to purchase.There are two categories of mouthwash: therapeutic and cosmetic. Cosmetic mouthwash temporarily masks bad breath, but does not actually kill the bacteria that cause the bad breath in the first place. Instead, choose a therapeutic mouthwash, which is designed to kill bacteria, thus freshen breath automatically. Therapeutic mouthwashes can also be designed to do other things, such as deliver fluoride, loosen plaque, or whiten teeth.

Do: Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The ADA Seal of Acceptance can be found on the packaging of many oral health products. To earn the seal, the products must be thoroughly tested for both safety and effectiveness. By purchasing products with the Seal of Acceptance, you guarantee that you are getting a quality product that does what it says it does without injuring enamel or other tissues.

Don’t: Use as a substitute for brushing and flossing. You must brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, even if you are using mouthwash. Brushing, flossing and mouthwash all serve unique purposes that the others can’t accomplish. Therefore, they should be used in conjunction with one another for the best possible clean.

For more information or an appointment with our dentists, call Scripps Rock Dental in San Diego, California, at 858-530-0300. Dr. Hatch, Dr. Gupta, Dr. Russell and our team are happy to help!