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Many people are under the impression that using an antiseptic mouthwash is a viable alternative to daily flossing after seeing advertisements on television for certain brands. If you are one of these people, then you should know that there is no better way to clean plaque and food particles from between your teeth as well as the gum line than by flossing. Mouthwash is meant to be used in addition to flossing. By using an antiseptic mouthwash at the end of your oral cleaning routine, you will be effectively killing any remaining plaque causing bacteria.

With all the different brands of mouthwash out on the market, it’s important to check the label for two things when you are selecting a mouthwash for your home. First, make sure the label specifies the product is an antiseptic. Many brands of mouthwash are intended for freshening the breath and contain no germ killing materials. You can also check to see if the mouthwash contains fluoride, which will help strengthen your enamel.

The American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval is the second thing to check the label for. The ADA Seal of Approval specifies that the product has been researched and tested to make sure it is both safe and effective for home use. Do not purchase any oral care product without this seal.

Please contact Complete Dental Care at 740-314-4941 if you have any remaining questions about antiseptic mouthwash. You may also call us to schedule appointments in Steubenville, Ohio, with your dentist, Dr. Robert Doyle, who always looks forward to treating your smile!