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 recommends factors to consider when advising patients to add a rinse to their oral hygiene routine.
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