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You brush and floss your teeth, and that’s great! Some people choose to include mouthwash in their oral hygiene routines. If you are considering doing the same, read on!

The first thing you should know is that not all mouthwashes are created equal. There are two main categories of mouthwash, therapeutic and cosmetic.

Cosmetic mouthwashes are not very useful. They may mask the stink of halitosis temporarily, but they do not kill the bacteria causing the bad breath. For a more effective clean, choose therapeutic mouthwash.

Therapeutic mouthwash is ideal for mouth care. It can come in both over-the-counter and prescription strengths. Therapeutic mouthwashes contain active ingredients that kill bacteria. Some therapeutic mouthwashes are also designed to prevent cavities, plaque buildup, halitosis, and gum disease.

There are therapeutic mouthwashes designed for certain tasks, which may assist you in your specific oral health care needs. Some of these tasks include adding fluoride (a substance which fortifies tooth enamel), killing bacteria, loosening plaque before brushing, or freshening persistent bad breath. Always read labels carefully, and ask your dentistss about specific needs in your oral health care plan.

For more information, call Art & Science Family Dentistry in Woodbury, Minnesota, at 651-739-1894. Dr. Kinney, Dr. Musser, Dr. Kinney, and our team are happy to help!