Conclusion

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.