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If you would like extra protection against tooth decay and gum disease, mouthwash may be the answer. Mouthwash does not replace brushing and flossing your teeth, but it can complement the positive effects to your oral health. Mouthwash can do many things for your smile, including:

– Fight bad breath
– Help prevent cavities
– Control, reduce or prevent gum disease
– Reduce the rate at which tartar forms

Choose a brand and type of mouthwash that will help the condition that you wish to treat most, as it is sometimes hard to find one mouthwash that does it all. Look for a mouthwash that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal on the label. You can even find the ADA seal on some generic and store brands.

Even though each type of mouthwash will have its own set of instructions, some mouth rinsing tips are universal. It doesn’t matter if you use mouthwash before or after you brush and floss. Swish mouthwash for about 30 to 60 seconds. If you swish for less than 30 seconds, you may not get the full benefits, and more than one minute is more than enough. If your mouthwash is meant to whiten your teeth or help improve bleeding gums, it may take a few weeks for improvement to be apparent.

We welcome you to contact Artistic Dentistry at 949-366-1177 today for more information and to schedule an appointment with our dentist in San Clemente, California, Dr. Amir Nikraz.