Is Colgate Plax Gentle Care Mouthwash Safe? 

By Lee from Australia

Is it safe to use Colgate Plax Gentle Care Mouthwash if i have gum disease (gingivitis)??

I have never used mouthwash before because I'm worried it will damage my gums even more and have been told that using mouthwash can damage my gums and teeth.

My Reply

Hi Lee, I'm not sure where you got the idea that mouthwash is bad for your gums and teeth.  It is not bad for you when used as directed.

There are many great mouthwashes for a variety of dental needs. Mouthwash can be really helpful if you choose the right one.

Plax Mouthwash is not one that I recommend.  

Plax won't hurt you but won't help you either.   I don't know any dentists or hygienists who recommend it.

For gingivitis, I recommend Listerine. Swish with it twice a day for 30 seconds.


Listerine is strong and some are not able to use it or need to use it less frequently. There are several flavors and some that are less intense.  Read my Listerine review Here.

Studies show Listerine original formula kills bacterial that cause gingivitis and more advanced gum disease. But if you need to use one of the less intense flavors, it will still be helpful.

Mouthwash is just one way to treat gingivitis and should not be depended upon to be the entire solution.

Brushing and flossing are still the best cure for gingivitis and it is possible to keep your gums healthy without mouthwash. 

But, if you have gingivitis why not give your gums all the help you can? 

You could use Listerine until your gums have recovered.

Once there are no signs of gingivitis, you can maintain healthy gums with good brushing and flossing skills.

Or if you don't mind the taste, keep using it and help prevent gum disease from recurring.

Here is an article listing the best mouthwash for many dental scenarios.

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