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From proper brushing technique to regular flossing, odds are that you already have a strong sense of how to safeguard your dental health. According to a study by the Academy of General Dentistry, a third element—adding mouthwash to your routine—can have a major impact. Christine A. Charles, the lead author of the study, says, "It's simple: Mouth rinses can reach nearly 100% of the mouth's surfaces while brushing focuses on the teeth, which make up only 25% of the mouth. Even with regular brushing and flossing, bacteria often are left behind."
To help you take your oral health to the next level—without the use of harmful chemicals or additives—here's a shortlist of the best natural mouthwashes around.
Best Value: Tom's of Maine Wicked Fresh Mouthwash
Known for its selection of natural toothpaste, Tom's of Maine has everything you need to round out your oral care routine. This long-lasting "wicked fresh" mouthwash is free from alcohol, sorbitol, and fluoride. We're giving this the honor of best value because you can score a pack of six (enough for the whole family to share) for a great price.
Best Taste: Dr. Ginger's Coconut Mouthwash
Delectably flavorful, this natural mouthwash features clean flavors and "offers similar benefits to oil pulling." Formulated without the use of harmful chemicals, this oral rinse is intended to be used two or three times daily after brushing your teeth. We love that the coconut-mint taste is not a total shock to the mouth. In other words, if the taste of traditional mouthwash makes you want to gag, this pick is for you.