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Study finds major benefits to mouthwash 
Updated: 2/27/2013 11:45:09 AM

Study finds major benefits to mouthwash

Sometimes it may feel as though it's a lot of work to do everything that needs to be done to have a healthy mouth. For example, people can't simply brush once in the morning and call it a day. Instead, they need to brush their teeth at least twice a day, floss once and use mouthwash. While most people know that they need to brush and floss in order to remove plaque and bacteria  they may think that mouthwash doesn't have many benefits outside of helping their breath smell minty. 

However, according to recent research conducted by scientists from Johnson & Johnson Consumer and Personal Products Worldwide, mouthwash can go a long way in reducing the harmful substances in the mouth that cause tooth decay and gum disease

Mouthwash is key 
The scientists discovered that people who used germ-killing mouthwash as part of their regular brushing routine experienced a greater reduction of plaque and gingivitis than those who brushed and used a placebo mouthrinse. The other group used mouthrinse that had a minty scent but did not have any germ-fighting ability. 

Christine Charles, lead author of the study and director of scientific and professional affairs of the Global Consumer Healthcare Research and Development Center at Johnson & Johnson, said that these findings were not surprising considering how mouthwash works. While brushing can clean the surface of the teeth and flossing can remove bacteria that is present in-between them, mouthwash can do everything. Mouthwash reaches the surfaces and backs of teeth as well as between them, which is why it makes sense that using it as part of a regular dental hygiene regimen would have impressive results. 

"Results show that the group using a germ-killing mouthrinse reduced its occurrence of plaque by up to 26.3 percent," said Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Janice Pliszczak, D.D.S., M.S., M.B.A., M.A.G.D., in a statement. "Furthermore, that same group showed a 20.4 percent reduction in gingivitis."

While 30 percent of people in the placebo group experienced some amount of gingivitis reduction, 100 percent of people in the mouthwash group had at least some of their gingivitis disappear. 

Also, Pliszczak added that since many Americans are not as stringent about their oral health routines as they should be, using mouthwash could be a simple way for people to improve their oral health. 

"Most people brush their teeth for less than one minute, when, at the very least, they should be brushing for two minutes. Additionally, only 2 to 10 percent of people floss regularly and effectively," said the dentist. 

Many people have heard that they should be brushing their teeth for two minutes, but they may not know why. According to WebMD, dentists estimate that two minutes is about how long it takes to brush all of the surfaces of teeth, but the longer people brush, the better. If people have  time, they should try to brush for three minutes each time. 

Why mouthwash? 
Still need more reasons to use mouthwash? Woman's Day magazine states that there is mouthwash on the market that not only helps to eliminate plaque, but also shows people where there is a high buildup of plaque in the mouth so they can target these ares for brushing. While these mouthwashes are often geared toward children because they make plaque turn a faint blue hue, there's nothing wrong with adults using these products to help them get a leg up on their dental health. 

The bottom line is that using mouthwash takes less than a minute, and can make a major positive impact on dental health, so people should consider adding it to their daily routines. 

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