Therapeutics mouthwashes are used along with regular toothbrushing and flossing to help reduce gum disease (gingivitis) that causes red, swollen and easily bleeding gums. There are two categories required by the American Dental Association (ADA) to be effective against plaque and gum disease:
1. Mouthwash that contains essential oils as an active ingredient. For example Listerine® and other generic equivalents sold over the counter.
2. Mouthwash that contains chlorhexidine gluconate as an active agent which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ONLY as prescription products. For example Peridex® and Periogard®. Continue reading