Talk with your Cincinnati dentist about mouthwash

Many dentists will recommend their patients use mouthwash at least once a day because of its many benefits. Even if you brush and floss every day, you may still leave behind a lot of germs. Mouthwash can help remove germs from the places in the mouth that are difficult to reach.

Regular use of mouthwash can help fight germs and eliminate bad breath. In addition to leaving your breath smelling minty fresh, it can help to loosen plaque and fight cavities.

Mouthwash comes in a variety of types. Alcohol is the active ingredient in many kinds of mouthwash, but some studies claim the amount of alcohol in mouthwash can be harmful.

If you’re sensitive to the effects or cannot have any amount of alcohol in your system, consider using a non-alcohol rinse. These can be just as effective as fighting germs and can help to freshen breath.

For those who are not fond of the minty taste, mouthwashes also come in flavors such as raspberry, bubble gum, grape and other flavors. Whitening mouthwashes are also gaining popularity as more people turn to teeth whitening products. Not only do they freshen breath, but they also have ingredient in them that whiten the teeth.

Once you found a mouthwash you like, read the instructions. Some will instruct you to use it before brushing and flossing and some after. Per the directions, pour yourself the recommended amount then swish it around your mouth for about 30 seconds. After that, spit the mouthwash out. It is important to avoid eating and drinking for at least one hour after using mouthwash.

If you are considering adding mouthwash to your daily routine, you should consult with your Cincinnati dentist. More than 900 dentists in the area can help you find the best dental routine to help keep your teeth and gums in pristine condition.

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