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While you should visit your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning, you should also care for your smile at home. You probably know that this means brushing and flossing every day. But do you ever wonder what else you can do to make your at-home oral hygiene as efficient as possible? If you do, you may want to consider adding mouthwash and a tongue scraper to your routine.

Did you know that when you brush you only clean approximately 25% of your mouth? This is one of the reasons mouthwash is so useful. Aside from fighting bad breath, mouthwash can reach different areas of your mouth, and provide a variety of benefits.

But, how do you know which mouthwash is best for you? In reality, you may want to consider speaking with your dentist before you decide, but the answer will likely depend on what you want. If you are interested in strengthening your teeth and fighting cavities, try a mouthwash with fluoride. If you want to kill bacteria, look for a mouthwash with alcohol.

Similarly, a tongue scraper is mostly useful for removing bacteria that can cause bad breath. While some people may clean their tongue with a toothbrush, many others find it uncomfortable. Tongue scrapers also come in different sizes because wide tongue scrapers may trigger gag reflex.

But please remember, if you have chronic bad breath, you may be dealing with gum disease and you may need help from a dentist.

If you would like to learn more about mouthwash or tongue scrapers, please feel free to contact us. We’re excited to hear from you.