Your Newnan dentist wants to share a study from the clinical journal General Dentistry (January/February 2013) that states a germ-fighting mouthwash paired with regular toothbrushing can prevent plaque and gingivitis more than toothbrushing alone. When brushing teeth, the toothbrush only reaches the exposed surfaces of the teeth. Mouthwash touches every surface inside the mouth. The teeth are covered but the mouthwash also treats the gums, tongue and all other surfaces inside the mouth. With brushing alone, bacteria can be left behind on the gums and tongue.
This 6 month study followed a group of people who were instructed to use a mouthrinse twice a day. The participants were divided into two groups: one group was given a germ-fighting mouth rinse while the other group was given a placebo mouth rinse. All study participants had mild to moderate plaque and gingivitis at the start of the study.
At the end of the 6 month study, researchers found that the group that used the germ-fighting mouth rinse reduced their plaque by approximately 26.3 percent. The same group also had a 20.4 percent reduction in gingivitis.
With most people spending less than 1 minute brushing their teeth and few people actually flossing regularly, the addition of a germ-fighting mouth rinse can provide an easy way to attack the germs that can cause plaque and gingivitis. Make sure that you use a mouth rinse for germ-fighting and not just a rinse for freshening breath. Your Newnan dentist can help you take your oral health to the next level with regular checkups and cleanings. Call us today for your appointment: 770-254-1134.