December 07, 2012

Do Mouthwashes Work?

How Do Other Mouthwashes Compare to Listerine?

A recent study compared the effects of certain commercially available mouthwashes on the bacteria that cause decay and the (bio)films they develop on teeth.

Mouthwash Study

Four mouthwashes were studied, one of which contained chlorhexidine gluconate, and another was Listerine. The mouthwashes were applied to the bacteria biofilms and then the viability of biofilms investigated.

Listerine Prevents Tooth Decay

It was found that the bactericidal potency of Listerine was significant, and could be used to prevent decay.
Source:  Oped Dent J., 2012;6:23-30

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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