Have you considered an oral rinse? Good oral rinses contain a mixture of ingredients that can fight the bacteria in your mouth. Cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), is one such element which has been proven to be safe and successful, despite a few people reporting a brief unpleasant flavor. Some other oral rinse ingredients include povidone iodine and essential oils. But any oral rinse can help boost the quality of your oral hygiene habit. The Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry recently published a study where eighty 80 16-year-olds were randomly chosen to use one of four different rinses for a period of two weeks. Their gums were examined before and after the experiment. The study showed that using a mouthwash with povidone iodine, essential oil, or chlorhexidine significantly reduced plaque and bacteria that causes gingivitis. One of the four mouthwashes used in the study only contained an herbal extract and, while it did contribute to reducing plaque, it’s results were not nearly as remarkable as the other three rinses.
Whatever oral rinse you choose, make sure you follow the directions and try not to swallow. For this reason, oral rinses are not recommended for very young children.