Toothpaste containing the antibacterial agent triclosan is beneficial to teeth, but there are concerns regarding its safety in mouthwash.
Antibacterial mouthwash may interfere with the way the body converts nitrates in saliva – leading to health problems over time. Your tongue is especially sensitive to antibacterials, and mouthwash containing triclosan can kill the good bacteria on the tongue.
– Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of leafy green vegetables and beets, which help increase the nitrate level in saliva.
– Avoid antibacterial mouthwash and only brush your teeth (not your tongue) with antibacterial toothpaste
– Speak to your dentist about choosing the right mouthwash for your oral care.
Your dentist is unlikely to recommend beets to combat tooth decay but “we have to eat our vegetables and keep our tongue bacteria happy” according to an interesting article which can be read at http://www.care2.com/greenliving/antibacterial-toothpaste-harmful-helpful-or-harmless.html.