Specialty Therapeutic Oral Rinses
Periodontal treatment is concerned with keeping the gums and bone around the teeth healthy and managing periodontal, or gum, disease. Periodontal disease is caused by a build-up of plaque and bacteria between the teeth and gums. When left untreated, the gums become swollen and infected and may bleed easily. As gum disease progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult and painful to treat and can lead to tooth loss.
Benefits of Using a Specialty Oral Rinse
Specialty therapeutic oral rinses are recommended for many patients with serious oral health problems such as gum disease, gingivitis and xerostomia, which is commonly known as dry mouth. These rinses can also be quite beneficial for those who have undergone periodontal surgery as well as for people who cannot thoroughly brush their teeth due to physical limitations or other medical issues.
Specialty rinses contain active ingredients that help treat a range of oral health conditions. They may be formulated to address cavity prevention, dry mouth or plaque and tartar buildup. Some oral rinses are available over the counter while others require a prescription from a dentist.
Specialty Oral Rinse Formulations
There are a wide variety of specialty rinse products, so it is essential to follow the advice of an experienced dentist who will suggest the best formulation based on the oral health issues of a particular patient. Some of the most common active ingredients used in specialty therapeutic rinses include:
- Antimicrobials to constrict tissues and establish a protective barrier
- Anti-tartar agents to fight deposits of tartar
- Cetlyperadium chloride, an antibacterial agent to target bacteria in the mouth
- Fluoride to help strengthen the teeth and prevent decay
- Hexetidine to provide relief to irritated and bleeding gums
- Micellized vitamins to help the rinse be absorbed more quickly
- Pain relievers to reduce both pain and acidity in the mouth
- Xylitol to help prevent tooth decay
With proper management by a dentist experienced in the care of periodontal disease, specialty oral rinses can be a valuable tool in the protection of oral health.
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