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Oral Health Topics

Mouthwash (Mouthrinse)

Key Points

  • There are two main types of mouthwash: cosmetic and therapeutic.
  • Therapeutic mouthwashes are available both over-the-counter and by prescription, depending on the formulation.
  • There are therapeutic mouthwashes that help reduce or control plaque, gingivitis, bad breath, and tooth decay.
  • Children younger than the age of 6 should not use mouthwash, unless directed by a dentist, because they may swallow large amounts of the liquid inadvertently.
  • A company earns the ADA Seal of Acceptance by providing scientific evidence that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of its product, which the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs carefully evaluates according to objective requirements.
  • Introduction
  • Types of Mouthwash
  • Clinical Considerations
  • Patient Information
  • ADA Seal of Acceptance
  • References
  • ADA Resources

Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute
Last Updated: September 13, 2017


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