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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 their positive effects to your oral health. Mouthwash can do many things for your smile, including:

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

Some mouthwashes perform one of the above functions, while others perform several. You can buy most types of mouthwashes without a prescription from our dentist. Dr. Cynthia L. Skigen can advise you about which type of mouthwash is best for you based on your dental health. Look for a mouthwash that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the label. ADA products are tested for safety and effectiveness, and to ensure that they do what they say they do.

Even though each type of mouthwash will have its own set of instructions, some mouth rinsing tips are general. It doesn’t matter if you use mouthwash before or after you brush and floss. Swish your 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 encourage you to contact our office today for more information about mouthwash in Jacksonville, Florida, and to schedule a visit with our dentist. We are excited to serving you and your smile!