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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, like:

– 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 of them. You can buy most types of mouthwashes without a prescription. Dr. Findlay and Dr. Baldassari-Cruz can advise you about what type of mouthwash is the best choice for you based on your dental health. Look for a mouthwash that has the ADA seal on the label. ADA products are proven to be safe and effective, and to do what they advertise.

Even though different types of mouthwash will have their own set of instructions, some mouth rinsing instructions are universal. It doesn’t matter if you use mouthwash before or after you brush and floss, as long as you do it. 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 has a special function like whitening the teeth or helping to improve bleeding gums, it may take a few weeks for improvement to be apparent.

For more information about mouthwash in San Francisco, California, and to schedule your next appointment with our dentists, we welcome you to contact One Market Dental today.