• Joan Rothchild Hardin

Is Antiseptic Mouthwash Harming Your Heart?

Last night I saw an ad for a popular antiseptic mouthwash touting its ability to kill  “97% of germs left behind after brushing”. While it may sound like a good thing to have few germs living in our mouths, it’s actually quite a bad idea. We’ve been brainwashed into thinking ALL bacteria are harmful to us when in fact we would be in truly poor health without the beneficial, probiotic bacteria that live in our guts and mouths, on our skins and elsewhere. We need these good bacteria. And when we use antiseptic mouthwashes regularly to kill most of the bacteria in our mouths, we can do serious harm to our health. A good balance of bacteria in our guts is vital to our health … and the same is true of our mouths. (Rowen, 2009)