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In today’s advanced world, you have several more choices of a mouth rinse than just plain old water. The market offers several types of mouthwashes to rinse away food and bacterial debris. While mouthwash offers many benefits, though, it can’t replace flossing, and our dentists and team explain why.

Cosmetic mouthwashes can help if you struggle with bad breath, as they come in minty flavors that leave your breath smelling fresh again. An antiseptic mouthwash may be best if you want to kill bad breath-causing germs and control plaque. Finally, fluoride mouthwashes help strengthen your tooth enamel.

When choosing a mouthwash, look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance because it verifies that the product has been tested for safety and efficacy.

In recent years, some mouthwash marketing has claimed to offer germ-fighting abilities so good that the mouthwash can replace flossing. If you dislike flossing, this may seem too good to be true, and it is. While mouthwash can clear away loose food and debris from around the teeth, it can’t affect the non-loose. Flossing loosens plaque and debris that is caught between your teeth and gums so that it can be flushed away with a mouthwash. So use floss to get in between tight crevices and prevent plaque from forming.

After all, the most effective way to prevent plaque is to use the basics: brushing, flossing, rinsing, and receiving six-month dental cleanings from your dentist.

Please feel free to call New Smile Dentistry at (972) 231-9591 if you have any questions about choosing a mouthwash in Richardson, Texas, or how you can better care for your smile. Dr. Dawn Wu and Dr. Huyen Nguyen are happy to help!