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You probably know that you should brush and floss every day. But, did you ever know that taking care of your smile at home is at least as important as the care you can receive from your dentist. 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.

For example, some mouthwashes contain alcohol that that kills bacteria faster and more thoroughly than some mouthwashes, though it can cause a burning sensation. Other mouthwashes have fluoride to fight against cavities, and some are designed specifically for children.

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.

On a final note: If you are interested in these tips because you are trying to fight bad breath, especially if you have chronic bad breath, you may have gum disease. If this is the case, please contact a dentist as soon as possible. They can help you identify and treat the cause of your bad breath—whether or not the problem is gum disease.

Are you interested in learning more about ways you may be able to improve your at-home hygiene? If so, please feel free to contact us today. We are excited to hear from you soon.