Can Antiseptic Mouthwash Really Replace Flossing

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Antiseptic mouthwash is a common and popular product in a lot of households. Some mouthwash brands are used only freshen the breath for a short amount of time and have no antiseptic value whatsoever.

Antiseptic mouthwashes have ingredients that help kill bacteria that can lead to plaque buildup. Some brands of antiseptic mouthwash also come with fluoride to helps make tooth enamel more resistant to decay. Others might have astringent salts or other compounds that help fight bad breath. When selecting a mouthwash for your family, be sure to look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal represents that the ADA has researched and tested the mouthwash for its safety and effectiveness.

Marketing messages have recently made claim to several antiseptic mouthwash brands having the ability to kill bacteria similar to flossing. At the same time it’s important to note that they cannot completely replace dental floss ability to physically remove food particles from between your teeth. This is especially true for plaque that forms near the gum line. The act of flossing itself is the most effective way to clean between your teeth that you can do at home.

If you have questions about the mouthwash your family uses, please feel free to call us at 912-354-9541 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment.