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Mouthwash is prized by many people as a way to freshen their breath and loosen food particles. This can be especially helpful if you’ve just eaten a meal with pungent foods or beverages. It’s also worth noting that not all mouthwashes are created equal or prove effective for playing a role in your daily oral hygiene routine. Indeed, some mouthwash manufacturers produce products that only freshen breath on a cosmetic level and do little to reduce the population of natural bacteria living in your mouth.

At the same time, some brands that have only cosmetic value will fall back on exorbitant marketing messages to make them sound effective. One simple way to find out if your mouthwash is indeed effective is to look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The small ADA logo can only be printed on oral hygiene products that have been tested and researched for safe and effective oral use.

An ADA-approved brand of antiseptic mouthwash can help kill bacteria and remove loose food particles after you are done brushing and flossing. This can enhance your daily oral hygiene routine. However, you should not think of it as an effective alternative to flossing your teeth.

If you live in the Alexandria, Virginia, area and you have concerns about your overall oral hygiene, you can call 703-354-0111 to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Scott and the dental professionals at McQuiston Dental.