Patent Number: 6,251,372

Title: Oral care compositions comprising chlorite and methods

Abstract: The present invention relates to oral care compositions, including therapeutic rinses, especially mouth rinses, as well as toothpastes, gels, tooth powders, chewing gums, mouth sprays, and lozenges (including breath mints), comprising at least a minimally effective amount of chlorite ion, wherein preferably the pH of the final composition is greater than 7 and level of chlorine dioxide or chlorous acid is less than about 50 ppm, preferably is essentially free of chlorine dioxide or chlorous acid. This invention further relates to a method for treating or preventing gingivitis, plaque, periodontal disease, and/or breath malodor, and/or for the whitening of teeth, in humans or other animals, by applying a safe and effective amount of the chlorite ion composition to the oral cavity.

Inventors: Witt; Jonathan James (Cincinnati, OH), Wimalasena; Rohan Lalith (Liberty Township, OH), Wong; Andrew Lee (West Chester, OH), Goulbourne, Jr.; Eric Altman (West Chester, OH)

Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company

International Classification: A61K 007/20 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018