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Mouthwash or mouth rinse is not a replacement for brushing and flossing, but it is a helpful addition to the daily dental hygiene routine for some people. Mouthwash can get in between teeth, reaching areas that a regular toothbrush can’t get to. Various types of mouthwashes are available and each has its own therapeutic effect.

There are 2 types of mouth rinses:

1. Therapeutic Mouthwash: These rinses contain active ingredients to kill bacteria. If they contain Chlorohexidine they reduce plaque, gingivitis and tartar formation and in turn treat gum infections. If they contain fluoride, they prevent or control tooth cavities.

2. Cosmetic Mouthwashes: These have active ingredients, which help reduce bad breath and leave a pleasant taste in your mouth.

Mouthwash is not recommended for children until the age of 6 or 7 years. The swallow reflex is not well developed at this age and accidental swallowing of large quantities may cause nausea, vomiting and intoxication.

Your dentist at Care Dental Clinic will guide you to choose the right mouthwash depending on your dental health needs.