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Key Factors in Selecting a Mouthrinse for Freshening Bad Breath

Angela Tague

You brush. You floss. You swish. Nobody wants garlic pasta sauce from lunch to linger on their breath. But did you know that the best mouthwash for bad breath control also keeps your teeth healthy? Next time you gargle to freshen your breath, be glad that your mouthwash multitasks. Here is what a good mouthrinse should contain and how it benefits your overall oral health, according to the American Dental Association.

Fighting Germs

Tiny microorganisms in your mouth cause bad breath. Regardless of whether bacteria or fungi are to blame for the halitosis, antimicrobial agents work to kill and retard the growth of these microorganisms. In addition to keeping your breath fresh, mouthrinse containing antimicrobial agents works to reduce a buildup of unsightly plaque on your teeth and helps to counteract gingivitis, or gum disease. Swish and spit with mouthrinse after brushing your teeth or whenever you want to freshen your breath.

Other Oral Health Care Benefits

Although fluoride is added to toothpaste, a little extra exposure to this essential compound is beneficial. Fluoride protects the teeth from decay. This active ingredient also prevents the tooth enamel from white spot lesions that may eventually lead to tooth decay.

Holding the mouthrinse in your mouth and swishing it around your teeth for 30 seconds or longer helps the fluoride reach the crevices between each tooth. To assist children in using mouthwash properly, have them hum a favorite song, such as two rounds of "Jingle Bells," while swishing. Instruct them not to spit until the song has ended.

If you want to be sure to protect your teeth against bad breath, plaque and gingivitis, try the new Colgate Total® Advanced Pro-Shield™ Mouthwash. The alcohol-free formula is gentle and protects the mouth from germs for 12-hours, even when eating and drinking.

Use mouthwash each morning and evening after brushing your teeth. Mouthwashes can be used before or after flossing. Children over the age of 6 and adults should use the mouthrinse according to label directions each time they rinse their mouths.

Brushing, using mouthwash and flossing is the best way to remove odor-causing bacteria. When you're shopping for oral care products, take a moment to peek at labels to look for these key ingredients not only to keep your breath fresh, but also to ensure a healthy future for your teeth.

Learn more about bad breath control and about the best mouthwash for bad breath in the Colgate Oral Care resources.

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