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While it is not a substitute for brushing and flossing, using a mouthwash or rinse can freshen your breath, will add some extra power to your brushing and flossing routine. Or, mouthwash can be used to tidy up your breath after lunch or during the day while at work.

There are two kinds of mouthwashes. Cosmetic washes will freshen your breath for a short amount of time, but they have no medicinal purpose. On the other hand, therapeutic mouthwashes kill the bacteria in your mouth, as well as combat plaque, cavities and gum disease. Some varieties of mouthwash also contain fluoride to strengthen your tooth enamel.

There are some people who have sensitive mouths, and since many mouthwashes contain alcohol, those people may not want to use them. Mouthwashes containing alcohol can also cause problems for people who suffer from dry mouth by exacerbating the problem. Fortunately, there are a number of alcohol-free mouth mouthwashes available.

Children under the age of six should not use mouthwash since there is a chance that they may accidentally swallow it. Doing so can make them sick, especially if the mouthwash contains alcohol. Before you make any changes or additions to your oral healthcare routine, talk with your dentist about what the best product or course of treatment would be.

If you have questions about choosing a mouthwash, you should take time to visit with Dr. Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens to find which type is best for you. If you would like to make an appointment at Durango Dentistry in Durango, Colorado, call 970.259.1646 today.