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The American Dental Association offers a variety of recommendations to help maintain the health of your mouth by preventing common oral health problems. While your bi-annual dental exam and cleaning at Dr. Sonny Ashfar‘s Roseville, California, clinic is certainly critical, your first line of oral health defense is your daily oral hygiene routine.

This starts with brushing your teeth morning and night, followed by flossing before you go to bed. If you like, you could also rinse your mouth with a little antiseptic mouthwash.

Just keep in mind that despite eloquent marketing messages, antiseptic mouthwash can never replace the full effectiveness of dental floss.

If you pass on flossing, some physical material will inevitably remain between your teeth and the gum line. The natural bacteria living in your mouth will inevitably bloom again in these areas, leaving your oral health at further risk.

Of course, antiseptic mouthwash can still play an important role in your daily oral hygiene routine. After brushing and flossing each evening, your can vigorously rinse with antiseptic mouthwash to help reduce the bacterial load while also helping to wash away loose food particles.

To ensure that you’re using the highest quality antiseptic mouthwash, you should look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo printed on the packaging indicates that the mouthwash has met rigorous standards for quality and effectiveness.

If you live in the Roseville, California, area and you have an oral hygiene concern, you should call 916.773.6222 to schedule a consultation with one of the dentists at Star Dental’s clinic.