Many households use some kind of mouthwash. While mouthwash brands are used to only freshen the breath for a short amount of time, most of the popular brands have antiseptic agents in them. These agents help kill bacteria that can cause plaque buildup. Some brands will also include fluoride to help strengthen tooth enamel and make teeth more resistant to decay.
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.
In recent years, several advertising campaigns have made claims that certain brands of mouthwash kill bacteria so well that they can be an alternative to floss. This might lead some people to forgo flossing in favor of a vigorous rinse of antiseptic mouthwash.
While these antiseptic mouthwash brands 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 especially true for plaque that forms near the gumline.
Ultimately, the act of flossing is the most effective way for you to clean between your teeth and remove plaque from the gumline.
If you have questions about the mouthwash your family uses, please feel free to call us at 708.469.6006 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment.