Men's Health (South Africa) - - THE EXCHANGE - Di­nesh, Cape Town

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.

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