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Although it is no substitute for brushing and flossing, using mouthwash is a great addition to your oral health care routine. Mouthwash can freshen breath and antiseptic mouthwash can help in cleaning your mouth.

There are basically two types of mouthwash: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwashes have no medicinal value. They will temporarily freshen your breath after a meal, and they have a nice taste. Therapeutic mouthwashes contain ingredients that reduce plaque or fight cavities. They may contain fluoride or antibacterial medication. Some varieties have additives that may whiten your teeth. There are also prescription mouthwashes your dentist may recommend to address a particular problem.

What mouthwash you choose depends on why you need it. If you just need to spruce up your breath after a late lunch, a cosmetic mouthwash should do just fine, but for oral hygiene, you will need a therapeutic mouthwash. Regardless of what you need, it is a good idea to talk with the dentist first. Many mouthwashes have alcohol as an ingredient. If you suffer from dry mouth or have children in your house, you may want to ask the dentist to suggest an alcohol-free mouthwash. If you use a mouthwash that contains alcohol, keep it out of the reach of children, and don’t let them use it until they are at least six years old, when there is less of a chance they will swallow it.

If you have questions about using mouthwash or about other aspect of oral healthcare, our dentists, Drs. Condie and Tuft, will be happy to talk with you. If you live in the Springville, Utah, area and would like to make an appointment at Condie & Tuft Family Dentistry, call 801-489-7364 today. We look forward to meeting you!