Using mouthwash, in conjunction with brushing and flossing, may help reduce buildup of plaque and tartar and therefore reduce your chances of tooth decay.

There are many types of mouthwashes found in drugstores. Most of them are more for cosmetic use, and only a few actually kill bacteria in the mouth. One nonprescription mouthwash that we recommends  is Listerine.

Regardless of which type of mouthwash you choose, it is important to remember that nothing substitutes for regular brushing and flossing. You should ask which mouthwash, if any, is recommended when you visit your dentist for your six-month cleaning and checkup.

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