Mouthwash is a common product found in many American households. Some mouthwash brands are used only freshen the breath for a short amount of time or wash away food particles. These mouthwashes usually have little to no clinical value.
Antiseptic mouthwash brands have been growing in popularity and availability in recent years. These products have ingredients in them that help kill bacteria that can lead to plague buildup. Some manufacturers also include fluoride additives to help strengthen tooth enamel.
However it is also important to note that despite some marketing claims, antiseptic mouthwash cannot replace floss’s ability to effectively remove food particles from between your teeth. Mouthwash should be used at the end of your oral hygiene routine to help wash away any food particles and kill lingering bacteria.
When choosing a brand of mouthwash for your family, look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that the product has been researched and tested by the ADA for safety and effectiveness.
If you have questions about the mouthwash your family uses, please feel free to call us at 510-482-5700 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment.