How Do You Get Rid of Bacteria in Your Mouth?

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You can get rid of bacteria in your mouth by brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, staying hydrated, avoiding sugar, brushing your tongue, and visiting the dentist. There are over 700 species of microbes that live in the human mouth, including bacteria. While some forms of bacteria are beneficial for the mouth, others are dangerous-- and can cause problems from bad breath to tooth decay.

Luckily, you can get rid of bacteria in your mouth simply by creating-- and sticking with-- a proper oral care routine that includes the following:


Brushing your teeth twice a day is the most effective way to eliminate harmful bacteria that build up in your mouth. The best times to brush are when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed at night, but you can also brush after you eat for extra credit.


A brush session isn’t complete without flossing, especially since bad bacteria love to snuggle up between your teeth-- where your toothbrush can’t reach. Floss every time you brush, taking care to get between every tooth down to the gumline.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water is essential to keep your mouth healthy and bacteria-free. Your mouth can’t wash away bacteria and food particles without saliva, and you can’t make saliva without water. Plus, dry mouths often lead to bad breath.

Go to the Dentist

Go to the dentist at least twice every year. A professional cleaning from your dentist will eliminate all the bacteria that your regular oral care can’t reach. The more you visit your dentist, the earlier you can fix any serious dental issues like gum disease and cavities.

Use Oil Pulling

Rinsing with mouthwash after you brush and floss is a great way to snag any bacteria you might have left behind. Try a natural mouthwash made with essential oils for a nice breath boost.

Brush Your Tongue

Bacteria also love to gather on your tongue. Make scraping or brushing your tongue part of your routine to fight both bacteria and bad breath.

Kick Sugar

Mouth bacteria thrive on sugar-- so the more sugar you eat, the more bacteria there will be in your mouth. Try eating less sugar or switching to sugar-free options like xylitol.

Fight off Mouth Bacteria with Terra & Co.

A convenient way to kick mouth bacteria and protect the planet is to brush with a natural oral care set from Terra & Co. Both products in these sets are made with anti-bacterial activated charcoal that binds with tartar, bacteria, and plaque in the mouth. This ingredient fights off bacteria, promotes a healthy pH balance, and naturally removes stains.  Do good for your mouth and the Earth with Terra & Co.



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