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There are several different marketing messages that claim antiseptic mouthwash is just as effective at killing bacteria and removing food particles from between your teeth as flossing. While it is true that mouthwash is a popular product in many households, it should be used as a compliment to flossing, not a substitute.

You should also keep in mind that there are some mouthwash brands that do not have antiseptic agents. Instead they are only used only freshen the breath for a short amount.

Antiseptic mouthwash has ingredients and active agents in them that help kill the bacteria that can cause plaque. Several brands also include fluoride additives to help strengthen tooth enamel.

Flossing is by far the most effective tool for removing food particles from between your teeth and along the gum line. 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 (701) 478-4500 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment.