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The American Dental Association encourages you to maintain a consistent daily oral hygiene regimen to help reduce your chances of suffering from cavities and gum disease. This includes brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing at least once.

In recent years, the active ingredients and potency of antiseptic mouthwash has increased. Vigorously rinsing your mouth with an ADA approved Mouthwash after brushing and flossing can help remove loose food particles from your mouth while also killing most existing bacteria.

This has tempted some oral hygiene product manufacturers to make inferred claims that antiseptic mouthwash might be able to replace dental floss. However, dental floss still remains the most effective method for physically removing food particles and plaque from between your teeth and the gumline.

Your flossing technique also matters to the overall success of your daily oral hygiene routine. After inserting the dental floss between two teeth, you should curve the strand into a C-shape. It might take successive passes to fully clear all material from the area, as well as the gumline.

Once this is done, you can vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to clear away loose food particles and kill some of the lingering bacteria. If you live in the Bessemer, Alabama, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you should call 205-426-2644 to set up a dental exam and cleaning at Pitner Family Dentistry.