Imagine that your body is a house. Your eyes are the windows and your mouth is the door. Like the door, your mouth is the entrance into your body. Everything that enters your mouth ??? whether food, fingers or air ??? could be covered with bacteria. Bacteria or germs stay in your mouth, on your tongue and gums, and this is where they can build up.
Bacteria are truly hard and fast workers! Left alone, bacteria can start building up into a thick layer called plaque. Given enough time, it builds into tartar, an unwanted rough surface that can cause your teeth to become stained. Dental plaque is the main cause of gum disease such as gingivitis. That's not all. Studies have shown that poor oral health could be associated with other health problems such as heart disease, dementia and rheumatoid arthritis.
Did you know that at any one time, as many as seven billion bacteria (according to a report in Harvard Gazette) can be found in your mouth? Don't just wish it away. Wash it away with Listerine!