By Lynn Marsh, RDH, EdD, and Marija Cahoon, MS, RDH
The proper control of oral diseases requires methodical patient assessment, critical thinking, and thorough understanding of mechanical and chemical biofilm removal modalities by oral health professionals.1 The addition of appropriate adjunctive aids, such as mouthrinses, may improve patients’ oral hygiene. However, patients need individualized recommendations. This requires a thorough understanding of available products and knowledge of the clinical effectiveness of rinses’ active ingredients. Patients often judge the effectiveness of a mouthrinse by taste or flavor, and may inadvertently choose a product with low efficacy.2 Individualized patient education on the complex nature of oral bacteria provides the greatest opportunity for long-term oral health and disease management.
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