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Taking care of your teeth is a daily task that will last the rest of your life. Luckily, if you are diligent, you develop a habit of good oral hygiene that makes it easier to take care of your mouth. But what if you already have a habit of brushing and flossing? What else can you do to take care of those pearly whites?

Some people find adding a mouthwash to their daily oral health routine helps their mouth stay clean and fresh. But be aware–not all mouthwashes are created equal.

Mouthwash is also called “mouthrinse.” There are two basic categories: therapeutic and cosmetic. Cosmetic mouthwashes merely freshen breath temporarily by masking the smell with a fragrance. Therapeutic mouthwash, in contrast, actually cleans your mouth. There are therapeutic mouthwashes designed for specific oral health care tasks, such as adding fluoride, killing bacteria, or loosening plaque before brushing.

When choosing a product, look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This seal provides assurance that the product does what it claims to do, because the ADA requires thorough testing before granting the seal to any given product. Ask Dr. Barry LeJeune about your specific mouth health needs.

Don’t give mouthwash to children under 6 years of age, or to any individual who is at risk of swallowing it. Swallowing mouthwash can lead to nausea, vomiting, or intoxication (due to the large amount of alcohol present in the mouthwash).

For more information on mouthwash and your dental health care plan, call LeJeune Family Dentistry in Hampton, Virginia, at (757) 827-9114. Dr. Barry LeJeune and our team are happy to help you!