What are tips for using mouth rinses to help care for your teeth and gums?
Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day to kill bacteria that cause plaque and early gum disease. A fluoride rinse can help prevent teeth decay and cavities. Some rinses can do both.
- It doesn't matter if you rinse before or after you brush.
- Swish the mouthwash in your mouth for 30 to 60 seconds.
The American Dental Association (ADA) doesn’t recommend fluoride mouth rinses for children 6 and younger, because they may swallow the rinse.
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