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Mouthwash is an effective way to relieve bad breath, but how? Our team at Columbia Dental Excellence offers further insight on mouthwash and its properties. Many of the ingredients found in mouthwash are designed to improve foul breath, and we provide a list of these below:

Antibacterial Elements
Bad breath occurs when bacteria builds in the mouth, which is very common because your oral cavity is a naturally warm and wet, which makes it a harbor for bacteria to multiply quickly. If not removed, bacteria spreads across and between the teeth, coating the tongue during the day and causing your breath to smell strongly. Mouthwashes that contain alcohol have a very antibacterial nature that can eliminate bacteria and stop bad breath from developing.

Germicides
Some types of mouthwash have germicide agents called cetylpyridinium chloride. These agents serve to not only remove the buildup of germs but also treat a harmful substance called plaque. When plaque and germs are not removed, they can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can also cause bad breath. Germicides linger in the mouth to keep it healthy long after you have rinsed with mouthwash.

Fluoride
Fluoride in mouthwash can prevent bad breath by making the tooth enamel stronger and less susceptible to cavities. Stronger teeth are also less likely to have a buildup of plaque, which makes the breath fresher overall.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of mouthwash in Columbia, Maryland, and to receive recommendations on which dental products you should use, please call 410.381.0505 today for an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Avi Mizrachi.