Toothpaste-mouth rinse combo washes out harmful bacteria

February 18, 2015 9:38 PM

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(Reuters Health) – A study of mouth microbes finds that antibacterial toothpaste and mouthwash with essential oils work much better in combination than separately to banish bacteria that cause gum disease.

Researchers looked at bacteria clinging to wires used in dental retainers that are bonded to the backs of teeth. These retainers are known to host bacterial colonies that promote bleeding and receding gums as well as cavities.

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