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Introduction

Therapeutic Mouthrinsing: An Effective Component to Oral Hygiene

COURSE NUMBER: 317

Pam Hughes, RDH, MS; Susan S. Wingrove, RDH, BS

Credit Hours:

1 Hour(s)

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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, l...

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Overview

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.

  • Intended Audience:

    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

  • Cost:

    Free

  • Method:

    Self-instructional

  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    730

Learning Objectives

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.

Disclaimers

P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein. Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.


Note:  Registration is required to take test.

Author(s)

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Ms. Hughes had done consulting work for Procter & Gamble.
  • Ms. Wingrove does consulting work for Procter & Gamble.
Pam  Hughes

Pam Hughes

RDH, MS

The P&G team wishes to express its sadness over the loss of our colleague and friend, Ms. Pam Hughes, on December 14, 2017. She was a dedicated, passionate dental hygiene educator and clinician who touched so many lives through her teaching ...

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Susan S. Wingrove

Susan S. Wingrove

RDH, BS

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