Many commercials advertise that certain types of antiseptic mouthwash can be just as effective at cleaning bacteria and food particles from between your teeth as flossing. While mouthwash is a popular form of oral care in many homes, it is to be used complementary to flossing,
When it comes to cleaning between your teeth and the gum line, flossing is a far more effective method when compared to mouthwash. Antiseptic mouthwash should be used to rinse your mouth after you have completed flossing to wash away food particles and kill bacteria.
It is important for our patients to keep in mind that some mouthwashes aren’t antiseptic. Quite a few only function to freshen the breath. You should check the label when purchasing mouthwash to make sure it is an antiseptic. Antiseptic mouthwash has ingredients and agents which kill the bacteria that causes plaque. Oftentimes, they will also contain fluoride to strengthen your tooth’s enamel.
It’s also important to look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval on the label of your mouthwash. This will ensure your mouthwash has been researched by the ADA for safety and effectiveness.
If you have questions about mouthwash or would like to schedule an appointment in Coral Gables, Florida, please call 305-443-4713 to set up your visitation with your dentist Dr. Douglas A Deam at Douglas A. Deam, DMD, PA.