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Fight Bad Breath -- Naturally - January 12, 2016

At a time when our society is so concentrated on natural and organic foods, many people are even looking for a healthier mouthwash - free of chemicals and ingredients they can't even pronounce.

Research now published on the American Dental Association website shows that a combination of essential oils can be just as effective at fighting halitosis, or bad breath.  Daily use will even control plaque development, which is the key to preventing gingivitis.  In long-term use, essential oil mouthwashes appear to be as effective as chlorhexidine mouthwashes in reducing gum disease.  Chlorhexidine is a chemical found in many over-the-counter mouthwashes.  It kills bacteria.  In addition to being added to mouthwashes, chlorhexidine commonly is used to clean skin after an injury, before surgery or before an injection.

If you want to take a more natural approach to oral hygiene, here's a recipe for an essential oil mouthwash:

  • Mix 2 drops each of rosemary and clove essential oils with 1 cup of water.  Gargle for a healthier mouth.

If you prefer to use over-the-counter mouthwashes, the ADA recommends you look for its seal of approval on the bottle.  It looks like this:

If you have questions, check with your dentist or hygienist before switching your normal oral hygiene routine.




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