Many popular brands of antiseptic agents can kill bacteria and wash away some residual food particles. Many manufacturers also include fluoride which strengthens tooth enamel to helps resist decay. This makes them beneficial to your oral hygiene routine.
However, in recent years there have been several marketing messages claiming that antiseptic mouthwash is so good at killing bacteria that you can consider it a viable alternative to floss. While the antiseptic agents will do a very good job at killing bacteria they simply cannot compete with the physical presence of dental floss to effectively remove food particles and plaque buildup from between your teeth and gum line.
The floss is what scrapes between your teeth to remove the plaque. The mouthwash can kill bacteria, but not remove the plaque in those hard-to-reach places.
When you are shopping for particular brand of mouthwash, make 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.
If you have questions about the mouthwash your family uses, or you would like help with your flossing technique please feel free to call us at (407) 322.6052 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment.