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Does your mouthwash sit on your bathroom counter, waiting for you to use it? If so, our dentist, Dr. Mark B. Martin, has a tip for you: Use your mouthwash! Mouthwash is a beneficial oral hygiene tool that can help you have a top-notch oral health and smile. To help you properly use it, our dentist has some tips for you. Those tips are:

-Pour about 20 millimeters (4 teaspoons) of mouthwash into the lid of the mouthwash or into another cup.

-Empty the cup by pouring the mouthwash into your mouth.

-Close your mouth and swish the liquid for approximately 30 seconds, or for however long the instructions on the mouthwash recommends. If necessary, use a timer.

-After you are done swishing, gargle the mouthwash at the back of your throat.

-Spit the mouthwash into the sink.

-Make sure to use fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash when swishing. Fluoride mouthwash strengthens your teeth and helps you prevent cavities while antibacterial mouthwash kills bacteria and helps prevent gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease.

If you have any questions about mouthwash in Escondido, California, please contact our dental team at Mark B. Martin, DDS, MAGD. All you need to do is dial 760-745-5416 and we will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to giving you the answers and information you need!