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Mouthwash is a terrific way to bolster your oral hygiene regimen. It can freshen your breath, and give you an extra dose of fluoride or help reduce the plaque on your teeth. But with so many mouthwashes on the market, which one should you choose?

Basically, there are two types of mouthwash: cosmetic and therapeutic. A cosmetic mouthwash tastes good and will freshen your breath for a few hours. A therapeutic mouth will contain ingredients to address particular dental issues. A therapeutic mouthwash may fight bacteria and germs. Or it may be formulated to break down and remove plaque or address gum disease.

Some mouthwashes contain fluoride to help fight cavities. Your dentist may prescribe a mouthwash for you to address dry mouth or to boost your fluoride intake. Many types of mouthwash contain alcohol, and may not be suitable for you if you suffer from dry mouth. Children under the age of six should not use mouthwash since it may contain alcohol and could make them sick if they swallow it. If you decide to let your child rinse, have them use a non-alcoholic variety.

Before you make any changes to your dental routine, you should talk with your dentist and schedule a cleaning and exam. Your dentist knows your mouth better than anyone and can recommend a mouthwash for you. If you are thinking about trying out a new mouthwash, our dentist Dr. Bennett R. Shanker will be happy to talk with you. To make an appointment at Shanker Dental in Bridgeton, New Jersey, call 856-455-1183 today.