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Antiseptic and cosmetic mouthwashes are popular in many American households. Some people like to use cosmetic mouthwash to freshen their breath for a short amount of time. These mouthwash brands have little medicinal value. Their minty flavors basically just wash away the odors and tastes left in your mouth after eating strong foods.

Antiseptic mouthwash has been growing in popularity in recent years. Many of the popular brands have antiseptic agents in them that help kill bacteria that can cause plaque buildup. Many manufacturers also include fluoride which strengthens tooth enamel to help resist decay.

When selecting a mouthwash for your family, be sure to look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal ensures that the ADA has researched and tested the mouthwash for its safety and effectiveness.

In recent years marketing messages have made claims that certain brands of mouthwash are so good at killing bacteria that they can serve as an alternative to floss. On the one hand, antiseptic mouthwash does help wash away some food particles from between the teeth and contours around the gum line.

On the other hand, while the antiseptic agents do a very good job at killing bacteria they simply cannot compete with dental floss’s ability to physically remove food particles from between your teeth. This is an even bigger factor for removing the plaque that forms near the gum line.

Ultimately the act of flossing is the most effective way for you to clean between your teeth and remove plaque from the gum line.

If you have questions about the mouthwash your family uses, please feel free to call us at 760.729.5964 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment to find out the truth behind mouthwash versus flossing!