A healthy mouth is worth protecting
Good oral health is crucial for everyone at every age. We all know brushing and flossing are key to preventing tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease, and can help us keep our teeth as we get older. But did you know using a mouth rinse is just as important?
Adding a mouth rinse to your oral healthcare routine is essential for overall mouth wellness. Brushing and flossing reach your teeth and the spaces between them, but what about the harmful bacteria in the rest of your mouth? Gentle, yet effective oral rinses help protect your entire mouth against plaque and gingivitis, and rinse away impurities that can be left behind after brushing and flossing.
Studies also suggest a connection between oral health and overall health. Your mouth can contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:
Studies have shown that heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.1
Oral germs and bacteria can gain access to the airway, sometimes with serious consequences. Studies show that oral bacteria can be aspirated into the lower airways, causing bacterial pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other respiratory infections.2
Pregnancy and birth
Periodontitis (a serious gum infection) has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.1
1. Mayo Clinic (Apr 30, 2016). Oral health: A window to your overall health. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475.
2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, 2000