DO I NEED TO GARGLE?
The American Dental Association doesn’t insist on gargling. But can it make your mouth happy and healthy? Sure. So we recommend it (and so does your wife). The rinse reaches spots your brush and floss can miss, flushing out debris. And mouthwashes with alcohol help battle bacteria that can cause bad breath, plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease, says dentist Bryan Laskin. Swish for 30 to 60 seconds, and do the classic gargle to coat your throat. Spit. Option: warm salt water keeps pH levels balanced to control bacteria.