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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

Some mouthwashes perform one of the above functions, while others perform several. You can buy most types of mouthwashes without a prescription. When you visit our office, Dr. Amit B. Patel can advise you about what type of mouthwash is best for you based on your dental health. Look for a mouthwash that has the ADA seal on the label. ADA approved products are proven to be safe and effective, and to do what they advertise.

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 time than is needed. 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.

To learn more about the benefits of mouthwash in Ashburn, Virginia, and to schedule your next visit with our dentist, we encourage you to contact Ashburn General Dentistry today. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our dental family!