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Taking care of your teeth is something you will need to do your whole life. Luckily, if you are diligent, you form a habit that makes it much easier to take care of your mouth. But if you already have a habit of brushing twice a day for 2 minutes, and flossing once a day, there is something else you can do to make sure your teeth stay pearly-white–add a mouthwash!

There are two types of mouthwash (also called mouthrinse): therapeutic mouthwash and cosmetic mouthwash. Cosmetic mouthwashes freshen breath temporarily by merely masking the smell. It is therapeutic mouthwash that actually cleans your mouth. Some mouthwashes are designed for specific tasks, such as adding fluoride, killing bacteria, or loosening plaque before brushing.

Ask Dr. Christopher Layton about your specific oral health needs to decide which mouthwash works best for you. Look for mouth care products that have the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. This seal provides assurance that the product does what it claims to do, because the ADA requires thorough testing for safety and effectiveness before granting the seal to a given product.

Never give mouthwash to children under 6 years of age, or to people who are at risk of swallowing it. Swallowing significant amounts of mouthrinse can lead to nausea, vomiting, or intoxication (due to the large amount of alcohol present in many mouthwashes). If you need to avoid alcohol for any reason, read labels carefully.

For more information on mouthwash and how it fits in your dental health care plan, call Calavera Hills Dental in Oceanside, California, at 760-842-5876. Dr. Christopher Layton and our team are happy to help!