Ask the Experts: Household Bleach as Mouthwash … Really?

Q. Is it okay to use diluted household bleach as a mouthwash or in a Waterpik? I’ve heard that some dentists recommend this as an alternative to prescription mouthwashes for preventing or controlling gum disease. It might be, but there’s been too little research to recommend it. We could find only a few small studies […]

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