Total Care – Plaque Control

Total Care – a valuable adjunct to plaque control by mechanical cleaning

Adding LISTERINE® Total Care to your patients’ daily prevention routine finishes the job started by mechanical cleaning. Following mechanical cleaning – brushing and flossing/interdental cleaning – with a mouth rinse that will lower the bacterial burden in the mouth is an important part of achieving the ultimate in oral care at home, and something that you can help your patients understand how to achieve. Promoting a partnership approach that clearly and concisely presents the benefits of combining daily prevention with regular hygiene appointments will help patients with this.

Brushing and flossing/interdental cleaning are pivotal to oral hygiene, displacing and dislodging plaque bacteria that can cause gingivitis and periodontal disease from the tooth surface. But bacteria from other areas of the mouth can recolonise on teeth quickly.1 When used as an adjunct to mechanical cleaning for six months, LISTERINE® can reduce plaque levels by up to 52% more than brushing and flossing alone.2 Additionally, the use of LISTERINE® after mechanical cleaning effectively destroys bacteria left behind by brushing, with in vivo kill rates of up to 97%.3 This lowers the bacterial burden in the mouth and in plaque, reducing plaque regrowth.4

LISTERINE® Total Care ensures that there is an effective adjunct to help reduce plaque accumulation and manage biofilm. Plaque biofilm is the main cause of gum disease and dental caries, and plaque regrowth begins immediately after brushing. LISTERINE® has broad antibacterial effects against a wide range of species of germs, killing them by destroying their cell walls and inhibiting their ability to multiply.

LISTERINE® Total Care contains the LISTERINE® four essential oils – menthol, thymol, methyl salicylate and eucalyptol – which have antibacterial properties and kill plaque bacteria, coupled with 100 ppm fluoride and zinc chloride for dental calculus reduction.


  1. Barnett ML. The rationale for the daily use of an antimicrobial mouthrinse. JADA 2006; 137: 16S–21S.
  2. Sharma N et al. Adjunctive benefit of an essential oil containing mouthrinse in reducing plaque and gingivitis in patients who brush and floss regularly. A six-month study. JADA 2004; 135: 496–504.
  3. Data on file, FCLGBP0023.
  4. Fine DH et al. In vivo antimicrobial effectiveness of an essential oil-containing mouth rinse 12 h after a single use and 14 days’ use. J Clin Periodontol 2005; 32: 335–340.