Can Listerine be a Gingivitis Cure?

The use of Listerine by gingivitis patients, in conjunction with good oral hygiene and a nutritious diet, can help them rid their mouths of the bacteria that causes gingivitis and the foul odor associated with this condition.

Understanding Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a disease of the gums that develops when food gets lodged between the teeth and leads to the formation of plaque. Since the mouth is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, plaque formation gives rise to this periodontal disease also known as gingivitis.

Listerine as a Cure for Gingivitis

Listerine is an antiseptic mouthwash with active ingredients such as eucalyptol, menthol, thymol and methyl salicylate. All these essential oils are antiseptic in nature except for methyl salicylate, which is both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. These ingredients work in conjunction to rid the mouth of bacteria and reduce the swelling of the gums. These ingredients break through the film of plaque if Listerine is used daily as a mouthwash.

For best results, you should maintain good oral hygiene, brush and floss your teeth regularly, and take vitamin and calcium supplements. You should also avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating sweets and junk food. Although there are concerns that the alcohol contained in Listerine mouthwash can cause oral cancer, the American Dental Association has deemed the alcohol content of Listerine safe.

Clinical studies have shown that Listerine mouthwash can reduce gingivitis by 34 percent as it kills the bacteria that cause gingivitis within 30 seconds of contact. You should therefore consider using it few times a week, exactly according to the instructions mentioned on the bottle.

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