Do you floss or rinse? One kills the germs in your mouth (alcohol), the other removes them (floss). But do both need to be apart of your four minute-a-day oral hygiene routine?

Pros of Mouthwash

Mouthwash comes in two categories, cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic rinse provides temporary relief from bad breath, but does not actually kill any microorganisms. Therapeutic mouthwashes can loosen up the plaque on your teeth and in your gums, killing the bacteria in your mouth. One of the dentists at Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County can prescribe a therapeutic mouthwash if need be!

Pros of Flossing

Flossing allows you to thoroughly scrape the plaque off your teeth — not just the surface (as with mouthwash). If it’s painful while flossing, you’re not performing this oral hygiene step enough! Regularly flossing can clear up gum problems like gingivitis that cause bleeding when the gums are irritated.

Flossing or Mouthwash?

While there are some weaknesses to using mouthwash, there is absolutely no harm in adding it to your oral care routine — as long as you remain to floss as well!

Make sure your child sees a dentist to ensure his or her oral health is in tip-top shape. Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County offers a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit our website, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County has two locations:

Commack | (631) 486-6364 | 2171 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 145

Medford | 631) 320-0880) | 3237 Route 112, Bldg 6, Suite 7B