Can you replace Flossing with Antibacterial Mouthwash?

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Because you care about your health, you have established a solid oral hygiene regimen. You faithfully brush and floss your teeth (and gums) at least twice a day, you use a mouthwash rinse to flush away bacteria, and you keep your six-month scheduled dental cleanings.

But what about claims you may have you heard that mouthwash can actually replace your daily flossing habits? Well, let’s take a look.

First, mouthwashes come in various types:

–Cosmetic: good for freshening less than stellar breath.
–Antibacterial: with chlorhexidine gluconate to kill plaque-causing germs.
–Fluoride: helps keep your tooth enamel strong and your gums healthy.

While mouthwashes are generally effective at what they do, what they cannot do is break down the bacteria inside the sticky film of plaque. A bacterial mouthwash can only kill the surface germs on plaque.

When you take your floss and rub back and forth and around your teeth and gums, you are loosening debris stuck in between those crevices. This action is also breaking down the bacteria’s microcosm in the plaque. This is necessary if you want to get rid of the bacteria in plaque which, if left to harden, becomes tartar which your dentist will have to remove so that you don’t end up with tooth decay or gum disease.

It really isn’t that difficult to maintain a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Follow the simple steps on a daily basis and make sure you have a smile that lasts a lifetime.

Please give us a call at 540-657-0867 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your oral health!