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There are a lot of mouthwash brands out there in the market and I just recently got the three new variants of SWISH to try out at home.  

Aside from regular brushing and flossing, oral hygiene today is never complete without using a mouthwash.

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The people who make this stuff are really getting more and more creative with the flavors that they incorporate in the product.  For example, SWISH mouthwash now has CINNAMON BLAST, MANGOSTEEN MINT and ICY CHOCO MINT.  Delish!

I have to admit that I am not a really a regular user of mouthwash since I am already using a specialized toothpaste with aloe vera and bee propolis to help treat my ‘neglected-since-birth’ teeth and gums or whatever that’s left of it.  But I have tried SWISH mouthwash before, I think it was their ARCTIC CHILL flavor that I once used during an out-of-town road trip.  I find carrying a bottle of mouthwash very convenient specially when travelling since  you don’t get to brush your teeth that often when you are on the road.  It’s a lifesaver!

Okay, so I have tried all the new flavors of SWISH and found them very interesting, if not totally satisfying.  I like ICY CHOCO MINT the most!  Aside from the chocolate flavoring, this variant is the gentlest among the three new flavors.  The mint is just right for me.  I have a very sensitive mouth lining so it easily gets irritated and alcohol-based mouthwashes are a no-no.  But SWISH is Alcohol-Free so no worries.

It still stings a bit but I think that’s how you know if the product is actually doing its job, which is to get rid of those pesky germs and bacteria inside your mouth.

Now, MANGOSTEEN MINT is fruity like a cough syrup and has a stronger mint flavor than Icy Choco Mint.

CINNAMON BLAST on the other hand is the bomb!  Actually, the cinnamon was overpowered by the ‘ultra-electro-magnetic’ (that strong) Mint flavor.  This variant is for the really adventurous type.  Those who eat ‘danger’ for breakfast.  Those that has ‘risk-it-all’ as a middle name.  – well you get my point!

What I did to cope with the strong mint flavors of Mangosteen Mint and Cinnamon Blast is that I decreased the gargle time from 30 seconds to 15 seconds.  And that worked for me.

A bit of historical trivia for all of you, did you know that the commercially available mouthwash that we are using right now was not known until the 1960’s?  Actually, the world’s view on oral hygiene drastically changed during the mid 1960’s but it was already too late for most teen rock legends who all have bad teeth (but bad teeth was cool back then).

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The usual active ingredients in a commercially available mouthwash are chlorhexidine  gluconate, hexetidine and cetylpyridinium chloride which helps rid of bad breath -causing bacteria and prevents plaque build-up, gum disease and tooth decay.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • That the first historical record of mouthwash or mouth rinsing can be found in Chinese medicine journals and the ayurveda which teaches mouth rinsing as a treatment for gingivitis.  That was way back in 2700 BC.
  • I am not sure if this has real historical evidence, but I read somewhere that the Romans used bottled urine as a mouthwash to rid of bacteria in the mouth.
  • In the 16th Century, people in Europe used a mixture of vinegar and mint as a rinsing solution to get rid of bad mouth odor.

The use of mouthwash is indeed a great addition to our oral hygiene.  It’s good to know that more and more people are now making it a habit to take extra good care of their mouth.  Our mouth is the dirtiest part of our body and it definitely deserves more attention.  So remember, brush after eating, floss regularly and gargle with SWISH twice a day.

SWISH Mouthwash is a product of Unilab.  For more info follow them on Facebook:  SWISH PHILIPPINES 

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raindeocampo

Writer, Wanderer, Child of God

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