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As you may already know, it’s best to rinse your mouth once a day as part of your oral hygiene routine. This can help you complete the cleaning job and even freshen your breath. Unfortunately, many people don’t properly use mouthwash, which could lead to a variety of different issues. So, to make sure you’re using mouthwash correctly and understanding everything there is no know about mouthwash, our dentist, Dr. Scott Timmons, would like to share some faces with you.

First, some mouthrinses are for cosmetic use only. This means they only work on freshening your breath or whitening your teeth; they don’t help you strengthen your teeth or prevent tooth decay. So, to make sure you have an effective mouthwash, it’s best to choose one that is antiseptic, antibacterial, fluoridated, and approved by the American Dental Association.

Second, it’s best to rinse after you have brushed and flossed. This is because your mouthwash won’t deeply clean your mouth. It’s important to have a cleaner smile before you rinse. The rinse will help you complete the cleaning job by washing away any particles you loosened with your toothbrush and floss. Rinsing should not substitute your brushing or flossing routine.

Third, rinses with high levels of alcohol can make rinsing unpleasant. In fact, rinses with 18 to 26 percent alcohol can create a burning sensation in the cheeks and gums. This can make rinsing extremely unpleasant. Not every mouthwash will do this, so feel free to use a non-alcoholic mouthwash.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about mouthwash in Wyoming, Minnesota, please reach out to our dental team at Wyoming Family Dental. All you need to do is dial 651-462-5150 and we will be more than happy to help you!