Look for the American Dental Association Seal when purchasing oral care products so you know they have been thoroughly evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
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Everything you do to have a cleaner mouth will improve your oral health and general health. Flossing, then brushing is best and you can follow by swishing your mouth with water, to dislodge any food particles. You do not need to use mouthwash, for at times it is an added expense. Read the labels on the mouthwash to see if it will be a benefit to you. Some have a high percentage of alcohol that can have a negative effect of drying the mouth, especially people on cancer treatment, high blood pressure meds, antidepressants, and diabetics. The aging process and loss of hormones also can decrease saliva flow. For people with dry mouth syndrome, some mouthwashes are a benefit. Check for ones that say on the label that they are moisture replenishing. The best thing will be to talk it over with your dentist at your next visit.
You don't have to do anything you don't want to do, but the American Dental Association suggests that you probably should add rinsing with a fluoride antimicrobial mouthwash along with brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily. You can buy mouthwashes over-the-counter that contain fluoride, alcohol, and other antimicrobial ingredients. Check for the ADA seal of acceptance. This seal shows that the ADA has rigorously tested the product to be safe and effective. Adding mouthwashes can prevent dental cavities and tooth decay. Rinsing for 30 seconds after brushing is enough to give you the protection you need. People with diabetes should definitely use mouthwashes because they are at higher risk for dental cavities and gum disease.
A mouthwash can be a great addition to brushing and flossing, but it does add one more thing to your daily routine. A really easy, efficient way to use mouthwash is to put it in your Water Flosser. A Water Flosser is an easy, effective alternative to string floss so you can combine two steps into one.