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Controlling Plaque and Gingivitis with Antimicrobial Rinses

Nov 23 2016

The mouth is home to billions of bacteria that, if left undisturbed, can cause disease such as caries and periodontitis. The majority of these bacteria are colonized in the plaque and tarter deposit that is on the teeth. Through regular brushing and flossing, one can reduce the number of harmful bacteria; adding a rinse that has an antigingivitis agent will be helpful if used as directed. The use of mouth rinse can be a beneficial adjunct to reducing bacterial count in an effort to maintain oral health. Many of these rinses require a 30 second “swish”. Rinses that contain fluoride also require that no food or drink be consumed for 30 mins after. The addition of an antimicrobial rinse to an oral irrigator such as a water flosser (Water Pik) can also be beneficial in reducing gum tissue inflammation and plaque deposit. When choosing a rinse, one can ensure a quality product by choosing one with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal or asking their dental professional for a recommendation.

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