What are oxygenating mouth rinses?

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Oxygenating mouth rinses are typically sold as breath-fresheners and may contain ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide or chlorine dioxide. One study showed that when used consistently as part of a daily oral hygiene practice, oxygenating mouthwashes reduced redness of the gums. There is little or no evidence that these products help fight gum disease.
Jonathan B. Levine, DMD
Prosthodontics
Oxygen inhibits bacterial growth. Ingredients that oxygenate are chlorine dioxide and natural zinc compounds, like zinc gluconate and zinc chloride.

Oxygenating rinses are so powerful on bacteria that I suggest only using them a few times a week, supplementing the other days with the more standard bacteria-fighting rinses. Three reputable oxygenating mouthwashes are TheraBreath Plus Oral Rinse, BreathRx and Oxy-Fresh Power Rinse.
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