Mouthwash provides a health addition to daily brushing and flossing to support overall healthy oral hygiene. Here are some key points you should know about adding this practice to your daily routine:
#1 Know what type you have and need.
Is your mouthwash cosmetic or therapeutic? These are the two main types.
Therapeutic mouthwash helps reduce plaque, gingivitis, bad breath, and tooth decay. This type is available both over-the-counter and via prescription.
Cosmetic mouthwash on the other hand only offers the temporary benefits of bad breath control and providing a pleasant taste.
#2 Do not consume.
While an adult may be aware of the importance of not swallowing large amounts of mouthwash, children are typically less aware of the risks associated with this.
Therefore, we recommend that, generally speaking, children younger than six years old should not use mouthwash. And, always monitor and educate children about proper use of mouthwash.
#3 Look for the ADA stamp of approval.
A mouthwash product can earn the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance if it has demonstrated with scientific evidence that the product is safe and effective.
When buying/using mouthwash, be sure that the product has been certified by the ADA.
#4 Keep brushing and flossing.
Remember, mouthwash is a healthy addition to your oral hygiene routine, but it should not be used as a replacement for regular brushing and flossing.