Should runners be wary of certain mouthwashes? @exerscience explains:

Mouthwashes that contain the active ingredient Chlorhexidine (Peridex or Perioguard are common brand names) are only available by prescription or by purchasing directly from the health care professional in the US- this is due to the nature of bacterial infections they are intended to treat. So I guess (putting on my nerd glasses now...) there are several considerations or pros/cons to weigh before avoiding Chlorhexidine for the sole purpose of performance enhancement. First- you can get antimicrobial benefit from over-the-counter products like Listerine (active ingredient is essential oils) and Crest Pro Health (active ingredient is cetylpyridinium chloride ). These are ADA accepted and approved rinses that reduce bacteria (and therefore gingivitis). There is not a mouthwash product you will inadvertently pick up at Walgreen's with Chlorhexidine in it. You can also choose ...

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