Washington: The use of a germ-killing mouthrinse in addition to regular toothbrushing can significantly reduce plaque and gingivitis compared with brushing alone, according to a new study."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," says Christine A. Charles, RDH, BS, lead author of the study and director of Scientific and Professional Affairs, Global Consumer Healthcare Research and Development, Johnson `n` Johnson Consumer and Personal Products Worldwide."Even with regular brushing and flossing, bacteria often are left behind."The General Dentistry study found that using a germ-killing mouthrinse twice a day, in addition to regular brushing, can significantly reduce the occurrence of plaque, as well as gingivitis-the beginning stage of gum disease.The six-month study included 139 adults with mild to moderate plaque and gingivitis who were separated into two groups. Members of the first group brushed their teeth and rinsed with a germ-killing mouthrinse twice daily; members of the second group brushed their teeth and rinsed with a placebo mouthrinse twice daily.
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