Background: The specific aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a new mouthwash on plaque and gingival health.
Methods: An in vivo prospective, randomized, controlled, double-blinded study design was used. Ten subjects who had received professional prophylaxis 4-6 weeks prior to study begin abstained from oral hygiene on the lower anterior teeth for 3 days. Baseline measurements including gingival index (GI), plaque index (PI) and bleeding Index (mSBI) were recorded before and afterwards. Participants were randomized with regard to sequence of twice daily 1 min use of a test mouthwash (Oral Essentials® Clean & Fresh Mouthwash), a control mouthwash (Peridex™) and no mouthwash while abstaining from brushing the lower anterior teeth. GI, PI and mSBI were recorded before and after each 3-day long arm, with a one week wash out period in between. The effects of each mouthwash on clinical indices were compared using a 2-sided t-test.
Results: Test and control mouthwashes produced similar levels of plaque reduction and gingival inflammation (p>0.05) that were significantly better than use of no mouthwash (p<0.05).
Conclusions: A test mouthwash achieved similar effects with regard to plaque control and gingival health as a widely used chlorhexidine mouthwash.
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