What’s the Best Mouthwash?

What’s the Best Mouthwash?

September 11, 2019 100 By Ewald Bahringer


[Music] the effects of a vegetarian diet on systemic diseases like cancer diabetes and heart disease have been studied and revealed predominately less systemic diseases in vegetarians but they’ve only been a few studies on oral health which I covered in previous videos but what’s the latest in a study of 100 vegetarians compared to 100 non vegetarians the vegetarians had better periodontal conditions less signs of inflammation like gum bleeding less periodontal damage and better dental home care brushing and flossing 2.1 7 times a day compared to 2.0 two times a day not much of a difference so maybe it was something about their diet though vegetarians may have a healthier lifestyle overall beyond just avoiding meat they control for smoking but other things like obesity can adversely affect oral health so there may be confounding factors what we need is an interventional study where they take people eating the standard Western diet improve their diets and see what happens but no such study existed until now with professional support of nutritionists the participants of the study with existing periodontal disease change their dietary patterns to so-called wholesome nutrition a diet emphasizing veggies fruits whole grains potato potatoes beans peas lentils spices with water as the preferred beverage what a concept to make sure any changes they witnessed were due to the diet they made sure everyone maintained their same oral hygiene before and after the dietary change what did they find they found the eating healthier appeared to lead to a significant reduction of probing pocket depth gingival inflammation gum inflammation and levels of inflammatory cytokines which mediate the tissue destruction in periodontal disease so maybe concluded that wholesome nutrition may improve periodontal health why though yes plant-based diets have a number of nutritional benefits in terms of nutrient density but it also may be about improving the balance between free radicals in our antioxidant defense system traditionally dietary advice for oral health was just about avoiding sugar which feed the bad bacteria on our teeth but now we realize some foods and beverages like green tea possess antimicrobial properties could to combat the plaque producing bacteria directly streptococcus mutans has been identified as oral enemy number one if plaque is caused by bacteria though why not just use antibiotics many such attempts have been made however undesirable side effects such as antibiotic resistance vomiting diarrhea and teeth stains have precluded their use in a petri dish green tea phytonutrients effectively inhibited the growth of these bacteria but what about in our mouth they found that rinsing with green tea strongly inhibited the growth of plaque bacteria on our teeth within minutes seven minutes after swishing with green tea the number of these bacteria in the plaque scraped from people’s teeth was cut nearly in half so if you have people swish with sugar water in their mouths within 3 minutes the pH on their teeth can drop into the cavity formation danger zone but if 20 minutes before swishing with that sugar water you swish with some green tea you wipe out so many plaque bacteria that the same sugar water hardly has any effect at all so they conclude using green teas and mouthwash you’re adding it to toothpaste could be a cost-effective cavity prevention measure especially in developing countries because hearing a civilized world we have antiseptic mouthwashes with fancy chemicals like Clorox Adeem considered the gold standard anti plaque agent if only it didn’t cause genetic damage DNA damage has been detected in individuals who rinse their mouths with chlorhexidine containing mouth washes and not just two cells in the mouth 13 volunteers rinse their mouth with the stuff for a few weeks and there was not only an increase in DNA damage in the cells lining their cheek but also in the peripheral blood cells suggesting it was absorbed into their bodies yes it reduced plaque better than other antiseptic chemicals however might be doubtful whether chlorhexidine can still be considered the gold standard when considering how toxic it is to human cells so are we left with having to decide between effectiveness or safety how about a head-to-head test between chlorhexidine and green tea green tea worked better than chlorhexidine at reducing plaque so using green tea as a mouthwash may work cheaper safer and better and if as a bonus you want to sprinkle some amla powder into it dried Indian gooseberry powder it definitely shows an outstanding cavity stopping potential not by killing off the bacteria like green tea but just by suppressing the bacterias plaque forming abilities here’s how much plaque is formed without em ‘la here’s how much is formed with you [Music] you