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10 Reasons Your Mouth Is Basically A Hot, Gross Mess

For starters, did you know brushing reaches only 25% of your mouth? Use LISTERINE® to clean nearly 100%!

1. Ninety percent of bad breath comes from bacteria living on the tongue.

2. You will produce approximately 20,000 liters (5,283 gallons) of saliva in your lifetime.

3. It's pretty easy for an infectious pathogen to transfer to your mouth when you're simply handling everyday household items and then touching your lips.

4. Look around you. If you see 10 people, one of them might use their own hair to floss (7% of Americans do this, apparently).

5. The average human produces 1–1.5 liters of mucus a day....most of which is swallowed.

6. At any given time, 10–50 billion bacteria are in your mouth.

7. If you kiss your bae for 10 seconds, you're exchanging up to 80 million bacteria.

8. When you flush the toilet, it can create an aerosol plume that shoots waste into the air up to 15 feet. In other words, move your toothbrush to the other room!

9. Toothbrush holders get so gross that scientists have literally found a new kind of bacterium related to E. coli inside them.

10. Oh, and those fancy covers could actually create germs, allowing them to settle in a damp, moist place. Ditch them!

Your mouth is basically designed to be disgusting, and brushing alone won't solve it. While your toothbrush only reaches 25%, LISTERINE® cleans nearly 100%.

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