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Quite a few people are under the impression that using a mouthwash is a perfect solution to avoid having to floss regularly. You should know that nothing is effective as flossing when it comes to cleaning plaque and particles between teeth and gum line. Flossing and mouthwash complement one another in your oral care. You should use an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing and flossing to rinse away and eliminate any remaining bacteria or food particles that may have been missed during your cleaning routine.

While selecting your choice of mouthwash, you should always check the label to make sure it’s an antiseptic. Not all brands of mouthwash contain germ-killing properties. Non-antiseptic brands are only meant to freshen your breath. An antiseptic mouthwash has the materials you will need to kill plaque-causing bacteria. Some antiseptic mouthwash brands also contain fluoride to help protect your teeth.

The American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval is the next thing to look for on your mouthwash’s label. This seal lets you know that the ADA has tested and researched this mouthwash and have made sure it is safe and effective for you to use.

If you have any questions about your mouthwash or would like to schedule a dental cleaning in Monroe, Michigan, please call Monroe Family Dentistry at 734-241-6550. Your dentist, Dr. Jeremy Dull, looks forward to treating your smile.