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When residual food particles and plaque are not removed between teeth and along the gumline, they can quickly harden into dangerous tartar. This greatly increases your chances of developing problems with tooth decay and gum disease.

In recent years, certain antiseptic mouthwash manufacturers have made claims that their products are strong enough to replace dental floss. These claims cannot prove true in a clinical environment because dental floss and an effective flossing technique can loosen food particles and plaque in areas that even the most vigorous rinse cannot affect.

While it is true that antiseptic mouthwash can play a role in your daily oral hygiene routine, it is best served to freshen your breath and wash away food particles that are loosened by flossing.

When shopping for a new brand of antiseptic mouthwash, you should always keep your eye out for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal proves that the manufacturer submitted the product to the ADA for research and testing. After it met rigorous guidelines, it was then approved for its safety and effectiveness in your daily oral hygiene routine.

If you have questions or concerns about what brand of antiseptic mouthwash is right for you and your family, you can always call Drs. Timothy Ross & Susan Chmiel at 414-525-0300 to seek advice from your dentist, Dr. Susan Chmiel.