Consumers are savvier than ever, and many are seeking natural solutions for their oral care. But with so many options on the market, choosing these products can be daunting. Patients may come into your dental practice asking for advice on the products they see on shelves and online. As dental professionals, we are often concerned with the efficacy of natural products. Are they good enough?
There are many factors to consider when using a natural-based product, the most important being, does it work in preventing oral disease? Many natural ingredients are effective at reducing bacteria; however, they may not provide all the protective qualities needed for complete oral health.
Essential oils and natural ingredients have long been touted as being better for the body than harsh chemicals, but the tradeoff is users may be more prone to caries and periodontal disease.
Solutions that combine the Best of Science and Mother Nature?
Oxyfresh has brought together the best of Mother Nature and science, as demonstrated in Dental Products Report, which showcased the effectiveness of their gentle, natural ingredient-containing oral rinse: Fresh Breath Lemon Mint Mouthwash.
Whether used as a pre-procedural rinse or as part of an everyday personal care routine, Oxygene® – Oxyfresh’s proprietary chlorine dioxide ingredient – plus zinc works to neutralize the volatile sulfur compounds that contribute to malodor. Paired with essential oils and free from alcohol, additives, artificial sweeteners, and harsh chemicals, ALL of Oxyfresh’s rinses, pastes and gels provide a more natural alternative for oral care without sacrificing results.
A 12-month, double-blind clinical study compared Oxyfresh Fresh Breath Lemon Mint Mouthwash and Toothpaste to conventional store brands. The study looked at the long-term results of plaque reduction, bleeding index, strengthening gingival tissue, and reducing the bacteria that lead to halitosis and periodontal disease, in conjunction with periodontal treatment.
The results showed that the Oxygene® and zinc combination in Oxyfresh’s toothpaste and mouthwash delivered a 76% improvement in the gingival index compared to 70% demonstrated by the conventional brands, and 79% plaque reduction compared to 71% by the conventional brands. Additionally, there was a 44% reduction in harmful bacteria with Oxyfresh’s Lemon Mint products compared to 34% with the conventional brands.
This study proves that great oral care products do not need to be loaded with harsh chemicals and alcohol to be effective.
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