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For excellent oral hygiene, brush twice a day for two minutes each time and floss for two to three minutes each day. Some individual’s mouths needs a little extra support. In these cases, mouthwash (also called mouthrinse) may be a good addition for an even better oral hygiene routine. Here are some basic do’s and don’ts to consider as you add mouthwash to your daily routine.

Do: Choose therapeutic mouthwash. There are two categories of mouthrinse: therapeutic and cosmetic. Cosmetic mouthwash is meant to freshen breath temporarily, but does not actually kill the bacteria that cause the bad breath. Instead, choose the more effective therapeutic mouthwash, which is designed to kill bacteria. Therapeutic mouthwashes can also be designed for other oral health tasks, such as loosening plaque before brushing, or whitening teeth.

Do: Buy mouthwash that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The ADA Seal of Acceptance is located on the packaging of many oral health products. To earn the seal, the products must pass rigorous testing for both effectiveness and safety. The ADA Seal of Acceptance guarantees that you are getting a quality product, that does what it says it does without injuring teeth or enamel.

DON’T: Try to use mouthwash as a substitute for brushing and flossing. You still need to brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once a day. Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash all have unique roles in your oral hygiene routine. Therefore, they should all be used in conjunction with the others for the best possible clean.

For more information, call Dycus Dental in Cookeville, Tennessee, at 931-528-7977. Dr. Richard Dycus and our team are happy to help!