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There are three ingredients in mouthwash that kill bad breath, which is why many people rinse their mouths with mouthwash. Those important ingredients are:

Antibacterial agents: Antibacterial agents are essential in mouthwash, especially because your mouth is the perfect place for bacteria to live and grow. Because your mouth is moist and warm, the bacteria spread through the mouth, causing bad breath. When you swish your mouth, the antibacterial agents, like alcohol, remove the bacteria and improve your breath.

Germicides: Some mouthwashes contain cetylpyridinium chloride, which is a germicide that kills germs and reduces plaque buildup. Plaque is a harmful substance that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Those two dental issues harm your smile and cause bad breath. The germicides prevent plaque growth and keep your mouth healthy long after you swish your mouth.

Fluoride: Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and makes the smile less vulnerable to tooth decay. So, the stronger teeth you have, the less plaque buildup you have, which will improve your breath overall.

With these ingredients, mouthwash can freshen your breath and improve your oral health. If you would like to know more about mouthwash in Silver Spring, Maryland, or if you would like to know which rinse is best for you, your smile, and your breath, please feel free to call Faith Cousins DDS at 301-589-2714 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Faith Cousins. We are thrilled to meet with you, examine your smile, and tell you all about the rinse that is best for you!