oral-rinse-300x300Those individuals most prone to caries development typically have high mutan streptococci and lactobacilli salivary levels, low salivary buffering capacity, decreased saturation of plaque and saliva with respect to calcium and phosphate, low fluoride levels in the plaque and saliva, and a high sucrose diet with frequent carbohydrate exposure. The most effective means of caries control in these individuals is removal of dental plaque using mechanical means (tooth-brushing and flossing) with the addition of topical fluoride agents to enhance remineralization of demineralized enamel and antimicrobial (oral rinse) to limit cariogenic bacterial growth.