What do antimicrobial mouthwash and toothpaste do?

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Antimicrobial mouth rinses and toothpastes fight microbes, or germs. Specifically, they reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth and in plaque, the sticky film that can build up on teeth. These products can help reduce plaque and fight gum disease.
Antimicrobial mouth rinses and toothpastes reduce the bacterial count and stop bacterial activity in dental plaque, which can cause gingivitis, an early, reversible form of periodontal (gum) disease. American Dental Association (ADA)-accepted antimicrobial mouth rinses and toothpastes have substantiated these claims by demonstrating significant reductions in plaque and gingivitis. Fluoride mouth rinses help reduce and prevent tooth decay.

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