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One of the most common misconceptions in regards to antiseptic mouthwash is that it just as good as cleaning between the teeth as regular flossing. Please know that nothing is as effective as cleaning plaque and food particles away from between the teeth and gum line than daily flossing. Antiseptic mouthwash is great for killing the bacteria that causes plaque to develop, and this is why using mouthwash should be used in addition to daily flossing. You should complete your oral care routine by rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash to eliminate any remaining bacteria and food particles.

When selecting a mouthwash for your home, please be sure to check the label for two things. The first is to make sure the label specifies the mouthwash is an antiseptic. There are some brands of mouthwash that are used only for freshening breath. An antiseptic mouthwash will contain the needed materials to eliminate the bacteria that causes plaque. Some brands of antiseptic mouthwash will also contain fluoride to strengthen your teeth.

The next item to look for on the label is the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval. The ADA Seal of Approval is a guarantee that the product meets the ADA’s testing standards and is both safe and effective for consumer usage. You should never purchase an oral care product that is packaged without this seal.

If you have further questions regarding mouthwash or would like to schedule a dental appointment in Whitaker, Pennsylvania, please call Complete Dental Care today at 412-567-0927. Your dentist, Dr. Robert Doyle looks forward to your future visits.