We’re all familiar with the convenient attraction of mouthwash. That minty swig is a quick and effective solution to the infamous bad breath everyone wants to avoid, right?

To begin, it is important to understand some of the primary ingredients that make up the majority of mouthwash products. While each mouthwash’s composition can vary slightly, most include the following: Alcohol or an antiseptic agent, detergents, artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, and water.

Although it is a fact that mouthwash can help rinse away bacteria, the primary cause for bad breath and oral decay, it is an ineffective solution for long-term dental health. Mouth wash is a short-term oral hygienic solution that aims to eliminate all bacteria, creating stronger and more resilient strains of disease-causing microorganisms to grow back and cause more harm. Overall dental health is dependent on re-establishing a balance of good bacteria that will lay the foundation of a health-promoting biofilm on the teeth and gums. Prebiotic foods and supplements can help empower the growth of good bacteria who can then process nutrients we feed them to produce anti-inflammatory by-products that enhance dental and overall health.

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