is my fresh breath going to kill me?
October 7, 2007 11:03 AM Subscribe
BadBreathFilter: By using mouthwash on an irregular basis, am I actually strengthening the bacteria in my mouth?
posted by bitteroldman to health & fitness (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
If I understood my Biology teacher correctly, when prescribed antibiotics, one needs to take the entire prescription, to ensure that all the bacteria is killed. This is because any surviving bacteria will become stronger and more resistant to the antibiotics, and the next time you get sick, a stronger dose wll be needed.
Well, if some mouthwashes contain anti-bacterial agents, am I not strengthening the bacteria in my mouth by using them, especially if I use them on an irregular basis?
Or does the fact that we secrete saliva in the mouth physically remove the bacteria, therefore there is no need to worry about any resistant bacteria in the mouth?