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As dentistry and dental products continue to advance, you have more choices than ever when it comes to rinsing out your mouth. The dental market offers numerous types of mouthwashes, and in recent years, some have rinses have come to claim they can replace flossing. While there are many benefits of mouthwash, it can’t replace the primary function of flossing, and our dentist and team will explain why.

The function of mouthwash is to clear away loose food and bacteria particles from the teeth and gums, but it can only do so if these particles are already loose. Benefits of flossing include loosening plaque and food debris from the teeth and gums, and only flossing can access the tight crevices where plaque likes to form.

To achieve and maintain a healthy smile, we encourage you to stick with the basics: brushing and flossing your teeth, rinsing with a mouthwash, and visiting the dentist for dental cleanings every six months.

There are still many important functions mouthwash can perform:

– Cosmetic mouthwash offers a minty taste to freshen bad breath.

– Antiseptic mouthwash helps to kill germs and control plaque.

– Fluoride mouthwash fortifies your tooth enamel.

When selecting your mouthwash, make sure it includes the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance proving the product has been tested for both efficiency and safety.

For more information about the purpose of mouthwash and how to choose a mouthwash in San Jose, California, call NuSmile Dental & Orthodontics at 408-266-2800 and schedule a time to see Dr. Lawrence Wu.