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Are you considering including mouthwash in your daily oral hygiene routine? If so, good for you! This is an easy and effective way to improve your dental health. But before you put mouthwash into your shopping cart at the grocery store, you need to understand which mouthwash is the best for your needs.

There are two chief styles of mouthwash: therapeutic and cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwash was created to eradicate bad bacteria in order to battle tooth decay, plaque, gum disease, tartar and bad breath. Cosmetic mouthwash was made expressly to freshen your breath.

Dr. Frank Pettisani recommends choosing a bottle of therapeutic mouthwash that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the label. This seal denotes that the mouthwash has been through a rigorous testing process to ensure its safety and effectiveness.

If you have chronic dry mouth, you’ll want to choose an alcohol free mouthwash. Search for ingredients on the label like cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) or chlorhexidine gluconate. On online search for “alcohol free therapeutic mouthwash” can put you on the fast track as to what types of mouthwash will best suit your unique needs.

Before you use mouthwash, look at the directions on the label. You will likely pour a small amount into the cap of the bottle and then into your mouth. Then you’ll swish the liquid around for about 60 seconds and then spit it out into the sink. Do not ever swallow mouthwash as it can be hazardous to your health in large quantities.

Is it time for a semiannual dental cleaning? Please give Dental Care in one of our locations in New Jersey a ring at (856) 691-2553 to book an appointment with your dentist.