Oral Rinses or Mouthwash Instructions

Prescription Rinse:
Chlorhexidine, Periogard, or Periodex

These products are prescription medications. Please keep safely out of the reach of children!

Swish with 1/2 ounces or 1 tablespoon for 30 seconds and expectorate. Avoid rinsing with water for 30 minutes thereafter. We recommend morning following breakfast and just before bedtime. If a fluoride rinse is recommended, please use the fluoride at a different time of day, i.e. not in conjunction with Chlorhexidine, PerioGard or Peridex.

Chlorhexidine, PerioGard or Peridex can cause some increased staining of teeth. Thus, adequate brushing and flossing is important. Also, some slight alteration in taste may occur. Therefore we recommend patients only use these rinses for the first week of every month if they maintain longtime use.

Over-the-Counter or OTC Mouthwash:

Fluoride containing mouth rinses like ACT, Listerine Total Care Zero, Biotene, Crest Pro-Health Fluoride, and Rembrandt with Fluoride.

Fluoride containing mouth rinses are an excellent non-prescription cavity or caries fighting rinse.
Care should be taken with children. Excessive amounts are not meant for swallowing!

Swish vigorously with 1/2 – 1 capful for for at least 1 minute. Remove excess mouthrinse and do not rinse your mouth or drink for about 30 minutes. We recommend you rinse in this fashion twice per day.

Mouthwash or mouth rinses with alcohol can cause burning and soft tissue damage in the mouth. If negative symptoms or experiences result from such rinses discontinue use.

Rinses can generally be classified into two categories:

– Cosmetic rinses are commercial over-the-counter (OTC) products that help remove oral debris before or after brushing, temporarily suppress bad breath, diminish bacteria in the mouth and refresh the mouth with a pleasant taste.

– Therapeutic rinses have the benefits of their cosmetic counterparts, but also contain an added active ingredient that helps protect against some oral diseases. Therapeutic rinses are regulated by the FDA and are voluntarily approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). We only recommend therapeutic rinses with fluoride!

Home Made Mouthrinse:

Swish vigorously with 1 tablespoon for for at least 1 minute and expectorate. Repeat as needed.

    1) Saline: 1/2 tsp. salt + 1 cup of water or for a stronger solutions, 1 tsp. salt + 1/2 cup of water
    Is helpful as an antiseptic and removing debris improving wound healing.

    2) Sodium bicarbonate: 1/2 tsp. baking soda + 1 cup water
    Is a mild abrasive that helps reduce the number of microorganisms in the mouth.

    3) Hydrogen Peroxide rinse: 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide 3% + 1/2 cup water
    Helps to remove debris and cleanse the mouth.