There are many commercials for antiseptic mouthwash that advertise that they are as just as effective as flossing at cleaning plaque and bacteria from between your teeth. While it is true that mouthwash is good at killing bacteria and washing away food particles, it is not a replacement for daily flossing. Daily flossing is far more effective at cleaning build up from between teeth and along the gumline. Antiseptic mouthwash is meant to compliment flossing, and should be used at the end of your oral care routine.
When selecting a mouthwash for your family, be sure check the label to make sure it is an antiseptic mouthwash. Some brands of mouthwash are meant to only freshen the breath. Unlike antiseptic mouthwash, these have no bacteria killing properties that can help prevent plaque formation. In addition to their germ killing properties, many antiseptic mouthwash brands also contain fluoride to help strengthen your teeth.
Another thing to check for on the label of your mouthwash is the Seal of Acceptance from the American Dental Association (ADA). This seal means that the mouthwash has been approved for both safety and effectiveness after through research from the ADA.
If you have any questions regarding mouthwash or would like to schedule an appointment in San Francisco, California, please call Union Street Dental Care at 415-922-3886. Your dentist Dr. Stanley Dintcho and his friendly team look forward to treating your smile!