Mouthwash is a commonly used dental product. But is it good for your mouth? While not a replacement for daily brushing and flossing, use of mouthwash may be a helpful addition to the daily dental hygiene routine. Mouthwash can reach spaces in-between teeth that brushing alone may miss. There are two main types of mouthwashes. Therapeutic mouthwashes have active ingredients that kill bacteria and contain fluoride help prevent or reduce tooth decay. Cosmetic mouthwashes temporarily control or reduce bad breath and leave your mouth with a pleasant taste, but don’t reduce your risk of cavities or gum disease. It is important when shopping for a mouthwash to look for the American Dental Association seal of approval. This way you know your mouth wash has been proven safe and effective.