As dental professionals, we are likely to encounter at least 1 of 2 patients who could benefit from better plaque control. In addition to educating them on proper brushing and flossing technique, recommending use of a chemotherapeutic rinse after mechanical hygiene provides a simple way to improve their gingival health. Chlorhexidine is a widely used prescription agent, and CPC and essentials oils rinses are widely available over-the-counter in various flavors. Various flavors and alcohol-free formulations (chlorhexidine and CPC) can be recommended to help assist with a pleasant usage experience and compliance.
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