Thank you very much for your reply to my email, you have answered most of my questions. There was just one I have been unable to find an answer for. I have been through the blogs and could not find an answer. I would like to find out if listerine kills off the good bacteria in the mouth along with the bad. Are there any studies about this? Thank you again and if I find a store that sells Closys in Australia I will let you know. thank you so much.
The most important goal for sustained oral health is the growth and protection of a special pellicle layer that forms over teeth to protect them.
Changes in the oral environment must “tip” the balance and promote the health of this protective biofilm – being sure NOT to “melt” it or negatively disrupt it. (By the way oxalic acids in spinach and citrus acids from fruits can do immense damage to this layer)
Listerine used as part of my system appears to stabilize this film and enhance its protective benefits.
Bleaching, peroxide, triclosan or the use of baking soda often have detrimental effects on this biofilm – which is why my product choices are so specific.
As far as studies on Listerine – there are many.
This has been a product that has withstood the scrutiny of decades and much research.
The problem is that the topic has changed in recent years as probiotics and biofilms have become better understood.
Only recently have we started to fully understand biofilm and this delicate balance of good vs bad.
Hopefully we will learn even more in the upcoming years – and stop people thinking that it is beneficial to scrub teeth and remove ALL biofilm.
This is why I suggest that healthy people do not need dental cleanings every 6 months.
Hope this helps,