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What does mouthwash contain?

Mouthwashes typically contain ingredients that fight bacteria. These ingredients include zinc gluconate, quaternary ammonium compounds, and cetylpyridinium chloride, as well as essential oils such as eucalyptol, menthol, methyl salicylate, and thymol. Some mouthwashes contain fluoride to help prevent plaque buildup and gingivitis (mild gum disease). Astringent ingredients like zinc chloride help to shrink gum tissue. Some mouthwashes contain alcohol, and water is usually a main ingredient in over-the-counter products. Most mouthwashes also have a flavoring agent, such as saccharine or glycerin, and some contain artificial coloring.

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