Microbiological Aspects of the Chemical Control of Plaque and Gingivitis
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Journal of Dental Research
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Antimicrobial ingredients delivered by a mouthrinse or a toothpaste can be used to maintain plaque at levels compatible with good oral health. This paper explores the conclusion that long-term use of dental products containing antimicrobial ingredients such as metal salts (zinc), plant extracts, enzymes, essential oils (tee tree oil), and bisbiguanides lead to oral bacterial resistance and help resolve issues with gingivitis.