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The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once as part of an effective daily oral hygiene routine. This can help remove food particles, sugar residue, and bacterial plaque before they can harden into tarter or promote cavities.

Many people also like to rinse their mouth with a little mouthwash. While this can help kill bacteria and remove loosened food particles, it’s also worth noting that not all mouthwashes are truly effective.

Some mouthwash manufacturers produce products that only freshen breath on a cosmetic level while doing little to reduce the population of natural bacteria living in your mouth.

To ensure that your antiseptic mouthwash is indeed effective, you should always 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 loosened 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 San Jose, California, area and you have concerns about your overall oral hygiene, you can call 408-243-5044 to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Kenneth Browning Prince and the oral care specialists at Prince Dental Care.