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  • Rinse daily with an antiseptic (also known as antibacterial) mouthwash to help kill bacteria that cause plaque, early gum disease, and bad breath.
  • Fluoride-containing mouthwash helps prevent tooth decay. Some mouthwashes have both antibacterial ingredients and fluoride.
  • Swish the rinse around in your mouth for 30 to 60 seconds.
  • You can use a mouthwash before or after you brush and floss.

From: Teeth and Gum Care WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

healthfinder.gov: "Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Mouth and Teeth: How to Keep Them Healthy."

Columbia University College of Dental Health: "Eight Steps to Dental Health."

American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on July 03, 2018

SOURCES:

healthfinder.gov: "Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Mouth and Teeth: How to Keep Them Healthy."

Columbia University College of Dental Health: "Eight Steps to Dental Health."

American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on July 03, 2018

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