What’s the Best Mouthwash?

What’s the Best Mouthwash?

[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

99 thoughts on “What’s the Best Mouthwash?

  1. It wouldn't be conclusive as those on vegetarian diets usually have a unique mindset that can't be compared to others.  This mindset results in a different outlook on life, not just diet.

  2. i brush my teeth 3 to 4  times a day…i just got used to it when i was young and use a non fluoride toothpaste foe 18 years now..at 42 …i got to the dentist every 6 months for a clean and check up for the past 22 years (it was free here in Ireland till 2012) now it cost 35 euro…but i think i worth it…and my teeth, all mine …no work needed,,,no fillings ,,,nothing

  3. All my family is using fluoride free toothpaste with green tea, aloe vera etc.  for over 3 years now… and all the dental problem are gone since 🙂

  4. I wanna learn more about fluoride. I know that's not really a nutrition thing. But does anyone know if fluoride really does prevent cavities? I've tried to do some research but all I find is that it's best not to swallow it

  5. I'm sensitive to caffeine. Just swishing with green tea is more than I can handle. What should I do?

  6. Thanks, awesome video. I am currently using eucalyptus essential oil plus baking soda and water for mouthwash, but I might just add amla or green tea too 🙂

  7. Coconut oil pulling works pretty well. Turmeric is also great for whitening teeths. Finally, vitamin K2 is awesome for dental health, in higher doses, it fights plaque and cavities like nothing else. 

  8. I use a tea tree mouthwash from Thursday Plantation which I buy off Amazon, it's incredible! Sorted out a tooth infection when I was in Byron Bay (near where it's made) over a weekend when I couldn't get to a doctor!

  9. Great Vid!! Anyone know if we can put something natural like green tea into a WaterPik? I was told to use not just water but add Listerine and Hydrogen peroxide to water reservoir but dont want to use that. Any ideas anyone?? Thanks!!!

  10. Not all green teas are created equal. How you go about choosing good tea is beyond me! There are 20 brands of green tea at the super market, most of which taste like a sour butt. What do ya'll buy for green tea?

  11. This is awesome! Thank you for this research! There are many clients I can pass this on to. Thanks so much for all you do

  12. So you brew a normal green tea and then just swirl it around in your mouth and keep it in there for a while? Could you brew the tea in advance or does it need to be fresh? I could like brew a cup every three days and use it. Also I love drinking green tea sweetened with xylitol already, so that should be a double whammy. I don't get diarrhea or any problems from it.

  13. It's better to reduce the amount of sugar.I don't like green tea since it has caffeine in it.I prefer chamomele which is caffeine free suitable for relaxing nerves in stressful situations.
    A strong chamomile tea makes a good mouthwash also that relieves mouth ulcers and canker sores. It even helps control periodontal diseases.Chamomile is an antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic that has many other uses
    Unlike many herbal teas which taste bitter, chamomile tea is delicious.

  14. This Amla powder…where can I find?? Also, can I make a quart of Green tea and keep it in a glass container inside a fridge without having to make green tea daily? Or would it loose it's capabilities? AMAZING research. FAV!!

  15. Dr. Greger…. you read my mind.  I was just wondering what the healthiest toothpaste and mouthwash was yesterday and planned on searching your channel today.

  16. thnx so much for this imfo, my daughter uses those mouth washes, i'm going to toss them out and make her up some green tea instead.

  17. Is Vegetarian a legal medical definition to really mean Vegan in these studies? or do they mean lacto ovo vegetarian when they say vegetarian, as we know it more commonly?

    It is hard to cite these studies when they are advocating in layman's terms eating eggs and milk, if and when they are actually strict vegetarians in the study.

    What is the current medical definition of Vegetarian as they exist in these studies? do they include animal products or are they really just saying Vegan?

  18. Tea causes teeth o be Yellow .
    The most powerfull antibacteria for mouth is the wood brush which is called Miswak.
    The miswak (miswaak, siwak, sewak, السواك) is a teeth cleaning twig made from the Salvadora persica tree (known as arak in Arabic).

    Studies indicate that Salvadora persica extract exhibits low antimicrobial activity compared to other oral disinfectants and anti-plaque agents like Triclosan and Chlorhexidine Gluconate.

    "Mouthrinses containing chlorhexidine was with maximum antibacterial activity, while cetylpyridinium chloride mouthrinses were with moderate and miswak extract was with low antibacterial activity."

  19. Thanks for this video! I'm wondering, does the brewed green tea have to be kept in the fridge or could you put it in a mason jar in the bathroom as you would store regular mouthwash? If so, how long would this last (and be effective) for before you should brew a new batch?

  20. I stopped using all commercial mouthwashes and toothpastes such as Listerine and Colgate almost a decade ago and my teeth and gums improved considerably to the point where my gums no longer recede nor bleed anymore like they used to when I was using chlorhexadine containing mouthwashes. Now it's just a good tooth and gum powder and hydrogen peroxide rinses for me.

  21. Dr. Greger has some of the best and most relevant health info on the net!
    A big thank you for this…I can't wait to share the info about green tea vs. chlorhexidane with my dentist who recommends it.  
    I'll be drinking a lot more green tea from now on.  

  22. Why do those eating plant-based diets have superior oral health?

    Watch below or click the link to watch on NutritionFacts.org: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/whats-the-best-mouthwash

  23. I love the idea of this and want to try it. However I am a mostly raw vegan and don't consume any caffeine. Would it be ok to just swish with a glass of cold steeped green tea and not swallow it? 

  24. This video FTW. Swishing green tea (I buy Yogi pure green tea or japanese green tea or i'd get from Traditional Medicinals) is great. Chewing Xylitol is great as well. If I need to use a mouth wash, I ONLY ever use Trace Minerals Mineral Mouth Rinse.

  25. Thanks for the video. Is it better to pre wash with the green tee concoction or to after wash?? I didn't understand that part. Thank you?

  26. I use aloe vera powder in water as a mouthwash. It helped removed stains in my teeth and also helps prevents plaque. I've also tried spearmint tea and peppermint tea as mouthwash altho can't remember how they worked.

  27. "No such study existed. . .Until now." Article was published in 2009. Neveretheless, great video doc. Keep up the great and meticulously-executed work.

  28. Cool, so let me get this straight. You can get kill plaque bacteria with green tea, but not remove the plaque itself. And you get to stain your teeth from swishing around tea in your mouth.

    So basically you get to kill some oral bacteria, keep the plaque, AND stain your teeth yellow. Win, win  I guess. What kind of a idiot even makes a video about this lol. Obviously he is looking for views to make the money from it if he is getting this desperate for material.

  29. Green tea also contains the proven oral health promoting agent… fluoride. In non-neglible amounts.

    Guess what, it works. Including when ingested.

    (That inflammation/antioxidative hypothesis is interesting, but not well tested.)

    I'd say that certain polyols like sorbitol, xylitol might also be quite effective. Eugenol likely too. (But careful with it, at high concentration it is toxic.)
    Heck, all of the above ingredients are used in modern toothpastes.

    As to amla specifically, ellagitannins in it could be effective antimicrobials and tumour suppressors. Possibly also green tea tannins too.
    Not enough good trials though.
    (Please don't buy into ayurvedic woo.)

  30. Il faut tenir bon et passer la 1ère minute pour entrer dans le vif du sujet. J'ai maintenant vraiment peur des rince-bouches et je change pour le thé vert très bientôt!!!

  31. Maybe I'm being paranoid, but may this be staining my teeth? How should it be done, exactly? One more thing: does it interfere with bicarb mouthwashes? Are these compatible? Too many questions, I know…

  32. I like to use 1.5% H2O2 as a mouthwash. Sure I might be non-selectively killing everything, but I know my breath stays non-offensive all day. Also I use a fluoride-free toothpaste, but I do rinse with regular tap water, which ours has natural fluoride in the water, so hopefully it's already bonded to calcium. I try to avoid all sources of fluoride and aluminum for consumption. So, I guess I will see the result of this in years to come. In my opinion my teeth have got better. They are no longer hot/cold or pressure sensitive.

  33. Flossing all the time is sometimes useless due to sad technique, even though the floss was actually in there. Ask your dental pro to observe your floss technique on one or two front teeth. It's worth picking up a tweak to get way better results for yr work.

  34. If your gums are pretty deep underneath, no mouthwash will reach the depths, because inflamed tissues weep a clear tasteless fluid called GCF, gingival crevicular fluid. The mouthwash can't get deep enough because it can't "go upstream". Unless you run it in there with a syringe or water-jet device filled with undiluted mouthwash.

  35. DID YOU KNOW?: plaque on teeth is soft scummy whitish stuff. SOFT. It is not tartar, mineral, calcium, or hard! Did you know that? PLAQUE IS GOOEY. (it's true. They went and chose a word for it that rhymes with 'crack' and sounds like rock. Shoulda named it 'schmuzz' or something.)

  36. Dr. Greger: thank you for your passion and for sharing that passion with us. We've all heard 'You are what you eat," but it never really sunk in until I read " How Not to Die." Not a meat eater but I knew nothing about the benefits of a plant based diet…"until now." I don't know how you keep up with all of your videos, lectures, writings and your general devotion to your topic. So, I can only heed your advice and say 'thank you,' while I cut my turmeric. God bless…

  37. Is green tea better than Listerine as a mouth wash? I just checked and Listerine doesn't have Chlorhexidine but has some other crap?

  38. This is so true!! Try drinking green tea at night and your mouth doesn't smell in the morning!! (provided that you don't eat anything afterward) This is such a great substitute for mouthwash – which I don't like using because of the "burn" it creates in my buccal mucosa.

  39. Very interesting stuff about green tea. As always, many thanks for the video.

    I do a mouthwash mixed with 1 cup aloe juice, 1 cup distilled water, 1 tbsp baking soda and five drops of (high quality) peppermint essential oil.

    When I had bleeding gums (a few year ago), I tried "The Natural Dentist" mouthwash and it was the only one out of all the mouthwashes that I tried that worked well and cleared it up. I did a little online research, and figured out how to make one on my own. (above recipe)

    I'm not sure if this is scientifically proven to work also, I've been curious if there is any health issues with this practice but it has seemed to work very well for me.

  40. Why did chlorhexadene turn my mouth black? It didn't happen to my husband or mother. I thought maybe related to all the blueberries I eat! Scary. Glad I stopped using it (a few years ago).

    On the other hand, a couple weeks after starting amla powder in my breakfast, I started experiencing extreme dental sensitivity. Maybe it's so acidic that it's burning everything off my teeth? Could be something else totally.

  41. Dr. Greger, what about hydrogen peroxide? I use it as mouthwash everyday but should I continue or should I cease and desist??? Thanks!!

  42. Why aren't the papers/sources cited that you reference in your videos? I was hoping they'd be in the description box.

  43. Well done analysis comparing alternatives head to head. Guess I will have to use my green tea for something other than drinking it.

  44. Is white tea as effective as green tea, since it has less fluoride, and therefore you want have to worried about flurosis? 🙂

  45. I'm all in for the green tea mouth rinse and drinking green tea after meals would be great too, but I have to question the addition of amla. Wouldn't the fruit acids in the amla (gooseberry) be caustic to tooth enamel? So while the amla does reduce plaque bacteria, it could also possibly wear away at your teeth.

  46. Don’t the tannins in tea stain teeth? Rinsing with green tea without rinsing with water afterward sounds like a recipe for yellow teeth. Thoughts?

  47. Green tea is easy to make into a mouthwash. Amla on the other hand is so goopy and sticky. Maybe I'm using the wrong brand of it. Does anyone have a suggested brand of amla powder?

  48. Wait so I swish with green tea before I eat tangerines? Does it have the same effect if I swish afterwards?

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