Toothbrush vs. Mouthrinse

Friday, March 1st, 2013, 8:15 pm

There really is no contest between the toothbrush and mouthrinses.  The toothbrush, along with floss, is not an optional part of caring for your teeth. Up until now, the mouthrinse has been an add-on.toothbrush choices

That may change following research published in General Dentistry, the clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry. This report indicated that the uses of a germ-killing mouthrinse, in addition to brushing, can reduce dental plaque and gingivitis.

The six month study looked at adults with mild to moderate plaque and gingivitis. The study participants were separated into two groups with one brushing and using a placebo mouthrinse and the other group brushing and using a germ-killing mouthrinse.  Academy spokesperson Dr. Janice Pliszczak said “Results show that the group using a germ-killing mouthrinse reduced its occurrence of plaque by up to 26.3 percent.” She continued “Furthermore, that same group showed a 20.4 percent reduction in gingivitis.”

Lead author of the study, Christine Charles said “It’s simple – mouthrinses can reach nearly 100 percent of the mouth’s surfaces, while brushing focuses on the teeth, which make up only 25 percent of the mouth.” Regular brushing and flossing can often leave bacteria behind.

Not all mouthrinses are designed to kill germs – some are marketed as anti-cavity or whitening formulas – so make sure you check to make sure that the rinse you are buying has a germ-killing formula.

Find out more about protecting your smile by scheduling your next appointment with Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA. Contact us today at 706-886-9439.


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