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Many commercials for antiseptic mouthwash seem to either imply or leave the viewer with the belief that rinsing is just as effective as flossing. While using antiseptic mouthwash is effective at killing the bacteria that cause plaque, it is no substitute for flossing. Flossing is the most effective method of cleaning food particles and plaque from between your teeth and gum line. You should use an antiseptic mouthwash at the end of your routine to wash away any remaining food particles and eliminate plaque causing bacteria.

When it comes to selecting a mouthwash, there are a couple of things you should look for on the label. The first thing is to make sure you are selecting an antiseptic mouthwash. Not all mouthwash brands contain germ-killing materials in them. Some are made just for freshening the breath. An antiseptic mouthwash contains effective germ killing materials and, in some cases, fluoride to help strengthen your teeth.

The next thing to look for on the label is the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. What this seal means is that your mouthwash has been researched and tested for both safety and effectiveness by the ADA.

For any questions about antiseptic mouthwash, or to schedule a dental appointment in Allen, Texas, please call Dean Doles Family Dentistry at 972-727-7269. Your dentist, Dr. Dean Doles, looks forward to seeing you during your next visit!