Therapeutic Mouthrinsing: An Effective Component to Oral Hygiene
COURSE NUMBER: 317
Pam Hughes, RDH, MS; Susan S. Wingrove, RDH, BS
Brushing, flossing and use of a therapeutic mouthrinse are the preferred method for plaque control and defense against plaque biofilm accumulation. Unfortunately, many patients lack the motivation or ability to maintain low plaque levels, l...
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Brushing, flossing and use of a therapeutic mouthrinse are the preferred method for plaque control and defense against plaque biofilm accumulation. Unfortunately, many patients lack the motivation or ability to maintain low plaque levels, leading to periodontal disease, peri-implant disease, dental caries and other oral health conditions. Chemotherapeutic rinses provide a convenient, cost-effective way to enhance plaque control achieved with mechanical hygiene. This course reviews three common agents used in chemotherapeutic rinses and the supporting evidence showing safety and efficacy of each agent, and discusses ways to help ensure compliance to a regimen involving rinsing.
Dental disease remains prevalent in the population. Clinical data show three antibacterial active systems chlorhexidine (Rx), cetylpyridinium chloride and essential oils reduce gingival inflammation and bleeding and help maintain good gingival health in conjunction with mechanical hygiene. Data also support incremental benefits of antibacterial rinses even when used in conjunction with an antibacterial dentifrice.
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Date Course Online:
Jan 15, 2008
Last Revision Date:
Apr 19, 2019
Course Expiration Date:
Oct 18, 2022
AGD Subject Code(s):
Upon the completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
- List agents used in rinses to provide bacterial reduction and gingival health benefits.
- Understand the clinical data supporting the antiplaque and antigingivitis benefits of each agent.
- Identify plaque control rinses that will address specific patient needs.
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