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What Are the Benefits of Mint Mouthwash?

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  • Written By: M. Chambers
  • Edited By: Jessica Seminara
  • Last Modified Date: 15 December 2018
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Using a mint mouthwash can be beneficial in many ways and can help improve the overall health of the teeth, mouth, and gums. One of the biggest advantages of using mouthwash is that it freshens breath and leaves a pleasant, minty taste behind. Mouthwash can also help rid the mouth of bacteria and other harmful organisms that form inside of it. In addition, it can combat plaque and cavities, and destroy germs that are still present even after brushing and flossing.

Regular brushing and flossing of the teeth is necessary for proper oral hygiene, but many individuals also use a mouthwash to maintain healthy teeth, as well. One of the biggest reasons people use mouthwash is that it fights bad breath and helps keep the mouth smelling pleasant much longer than ordinary toothpaste does. Mint mouthwash is generally very strong in flavor and leaves a clean, fresh feeling behind that many people find pleasing. For those who suffer from gum disease or unusually bad breath, the use of a mint mouthwash can be very beneficial and can help keep unpleasant odors at bay.

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Even though brushing usually gets rid of most of the grime and food particles on the teeth, there is often bacteria present in the mouth that even vigorous brushing and flossing cannot get rid of. Much of this bacteria is in hard to reach areas like the gums and in between the back teeth, which is why scrubbing the teeth with a toothbrush does not always destroy it. Using a mint mouthwash can help kill off germs that are left behind after brushing and flossing because it gets to the areas that are harder to reach. Often times, mouthwash will also contain fluoride or alcohol which are both effectively used to kill germs and fight decay.

Cavities are formed when plaque and bacteria eat through the enamel of the teeth. Brushing regularly with toothpaste can help prevent cavities and tooth decay, but plaque can still remain on the teeth even after doing so. Using a mint mouthwash helps loosen plaque and makes it easier to remove during brushing and flossing. Ingredients such as fluoride also combat tooth decay and plaque, so it can be beneficial to choose a wash that contains fluoride or other ingredients that protect against damage from bacteria.

Using a mouthwash can also make the mouth feel cleaner after brushing. Many individuals like the clean feeling they get from using a mint mouthwash after scrubbing away plaque with a toothbrush. In addition, rinsing with mouthwash generally leaves behind a fresher feeling than rinsing with plain water.

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