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If you would like extra protection against tooth decay and gum disease, consider adding rinsing with mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene routine. 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:

– Freshen your breath
– Help prevent tooth decay
– Reduce or prevent gum disease
– Reduce the rate at which tartar forms on the teeth

Choose a 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. The ADA seal recognizes companies that show scientific proof that their products work. 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, as long as you do it. 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. Be patient when waiting for the results of mouth rinsing. 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 Nicoletti Dental Group at 845.452.8410 today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with our dentists in Poughkeepsie, New York, Dr. Nicoletti and Dr. Feit.