A LANDMARK META-ANALYSIS DEMONSTRATES HOW TO TREAT A GLOBAL ORAL HEALTH PROBLEM. AND IT STARTS WITH YOU.
As a dentist, you know that oral disease is widespread. But you may be surprised by the severity of the situation.
- A recent study revealed that untreated oral disease affects approximately 3.9 billion people globally. That’s more than half the planet’s total population1,2
- 90% of the world has some degree of chronic gingivitis3
- In most industrialized countries, oral disease is the 4th most expensive disease to treat4
As the makers of LISTERINE®, we want to share with you some bold insights from a landmark meta-analysis that sheds light on how some of the products available to you and your patients can play a leading role in addressing this global health issue.
As you know, a healthy mouth requires controlling biofilms.5-9 Plaque control is fundamental to achieving oral health.10,11 And, while the standard recommendation for at-home oral care focuses on mechanical methods, brushing and flossing aren’t enough.10,11 In fact, research shows that brushing and flossing only removes approximately 42% of plaque*.12
Removing plaque from the tooth surface is crucial. But, the tooth surface is only 25% of the total area of the mouth exposed to bacteria.13 Other areas in the mouth can act as reservoirs for bacteria that can then re-colonize bacteria on teeth following dental prophylaxis or cleaning treatment.14
The good news is, a landmark meta-analysis has concluded that LISTERINE® Antiseptic can provide a benefit beyond mechanical oral hygiene alone in preventing and reducing plaque accumulation and gingivitis.15
The meta-analysis evaluated these studies with a focus on outcomes applicable to clinical practice. It reviewed randomized, observer-blind, placebo-controlled, published and unpublished clinical studies assessing the effect of an essential oil-containing mouthrinse (MMEO) vs mechanical methods in subjects with mild-to-moderate plaque and gingivitis. The magnitude of the pooled study is extraordinary15:
The bold results: Unequivocal proof that daily use of an essential oil (EO) mouthrinse like LISTERINE® Antiseptic, along with mechanical oral hygiene, provides greater prevention of gingivitis and plaque buildup than mechanical oral hygiene alone.
Specifically, at 6 months, MMEO subjects had nearly 5 times more plaque-free sites vs mechanical method subjects, and over 2 times more healthy gingival sites vs mechanical methods as well.15
So what does this mean for your practice?
It means that when your patients use an EO mouthrinse like LISTERINE® Antiseptic, you can be confident that it is:
- Reaching even the hardest-to-reach areas of their mouth
- Killing bacteria down the to the bottom layer
- Helping maintain the oral microflora at levels compatible with a healthy mouth
All of which can provide a clinically significant benefit to the patient.7,9
Despite the availability of preventive measures, untreated oral disease remains a significant global burden.1 And, while you can’t treat the entire world, you can suggest to patients that adding LISTERINE® Antiseptic to brushing and flossing can provide greater prevention of gingivitis and plaque buildup than mechanical methods alone.
And that’s a bold start.
We hope you found this article of value.