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If you have noticed that your friends or co-workers are standing a bit further from you than they used to? Is your spouse or partner not interested in cuddling anymore? When you play fetch with your dog, does he leave the stick five feet away when he brings it back? If so, you may want to consider investing in some mouthwash.

There are essentially two types of mouthwash, cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwashes are designed to spruce up your breath after a particularly potent lunch, or just before that big date or meeting. They have no medicinal value, and their only purpose is to taste good and to improve your breath. Therapeutic mouthwashes on the other hand, are used to reduce plaque, kill bacteria, and combat gingivitis. Some brands contain fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel. Your dentist may suggest a prescription mouthwash to help treat dry mouth.

If you suffer from dry mouth, you should avoid mouthwash with alcohol, which can aggravate your condition. Children should not use mouthwash before the age of six, since they may accidentally swallow it. This could make them sick and even intoxicate them if the mouthwash contains alcohol. If you are going to allow your children to use mouthwash, purchase the alcohol-free variety.

If you have questions about using mouthwash, or if you want to know which one would be best for you, talk to our dentist, Dr. Emmanuel Igwike. If you would like to make an appointment at Bradley Family Dental in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, call 414-371-2506 today and we’ll get you started on your new smile!