The Best Inventions of 2021
Margeaux Walter for TIME
November 10, 2021 6:11 AM EST

Using mouthwash may not be as important as brushing and flossing, but a daily rinse can kill bacteria in your mouth, strengthen your teeth and help prevent gum disease. Still, about 40% of Americans didn’t use mouthwash in 2020, perhaps because of the “burn” associated with it—though the look of the bulky plastic bottle on their bathroom sink probably didn’t help either. Quip, best known for its stylish electric toothbrushes, has launched a similarly sleek, refillable dispenser—“It lives front and center in the bathroom to remind you to rinse every day,” says Simon Enever, the company’s co-founder and CEO—filled with mouthwash formulated to avoid that nasty burning sensation. But the company isn’t just trying to encourage better oral hygiene. The product comes in a concentrated formula in 100% recyclable bottles that are much smaller than the average plastic mouthwash container—so it’s better for the environment, not just for your mouth. —Amy Gunia

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