Toothpaste and mouthwash commercials do an amazing job of making us think what we have in our medicine cabinets is sub-par. Advertisers have a way of repackaging the same ingredients and making us think someone has finally created the toothpaste that fights the crime in our mouth. Finally, a company has produced the toothpaste that eliminates bad breath forever, turns our teeth back to the pearly whites we had as children, and shields our teeth from cavities…for the rest of our lives! Unfortunately, this toothpaste does not exist, but chances are the advertisers won because you ran out to buy the miracle paste.
The truth is, there are so many different kinds of toothpaste, that it makes the most sense to simply stick with the one you like and keep a regular brushing schedule. Toothpaste means nothing if you don't actually brush your teeth two to three times a day.
If you're looking for a good compliment to your brushing, the product that is going to clear out the germs the brush may have missed, look no further than the medicine cabinet. Right there next to the rubbing alcohol, not the bug spray, but the hydrogen peroxide. That's right, hydrogen peroxide does more than clean out our cuts and scrapes, it finds all the hidden germs in our mouths and flushes them out. Try it at night and see if your mouth is sticky and unpleasant in the morning.
Most likely, you already have hydrogen peroxide in your home, so there is no need to run out and buy the latest expensive mouthwash. Peroxides mission is to kill any and all germs it comes into contact with, germs that contribute to bad breath and tooth decay. Use peroxide like you would any other mouthwash. Put a small amount in your mouth, swish it around, and gargle with it. It's not the end of the world if you swallow a little bit, but try not to ingest too much.
A germ-free mouth also promotes healthy gums…this is the product that truly can fight crime!
Have you ever tried hydrogen peroxide as mouthwash?
What oral products do you swear by?