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The American Dental Association offers several guidelines and recommendations to help consumers maintain a healthy mouth. This includes brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day. This daily oral hygiene routine can help to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth before they can harden into dangerous tartar.

In recent years certain oral hygiene product manufacturers have improved the potency of the antiseptic mouthwash they offer. This has tempted some to make exorbitant marketing claims to promote sales.

While it’s true that some brands of antiseptic mouthwash can significantly help kill oral bacteria they still cannot replace the effectiveness of traditional dental floss.

If you forgo flossing between your teeth and gumline, some physical material will inevitably remain. The natural bacteria living in your mouth can exploit in these areas leaving your teeth and gums at increased risk of cavities and gum disease.

At the same time antiseptic mouthwash can play an important role in your daily oral hygiene routine.

After you are done brushing and flossing you can give your mouth a vigorous rinse with antiseptic mouthwash. This can significantly reduce the bacterial population in your mouth while also helping to wash away loose food particles.

When shopping for a brand of antiseptic mouthwash you should look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo on the package indicates that the product has been tested for safe and effective oral use.

If you live in the Chula Vista, California, area and you have concerns about the quality of your daily oral hygiene routine, you can call 619.422.5317 to speak to Dr. Derek M. Lichter or a member of the staff at Derek M. Lichter, DDS, Inc..