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I had a patient yesterday that got upset with me when I told her she did not need a refill prescription of chlorhexidine. I explained to her that her gums had already healed nicely and she had no bleeding and I did not want the natural flora of her mouth to be altered. She was not happy. Should I have just given her a prescription? I dont why she wanted it so bad!

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If you believe she didn’t need it, then there was no need to refill her prescription. There’s no need to “medicate” someone just because they want to be medicated. We treat based on patients’ needs. It is surprising though that someone would actually want to use CHX willingly, it doesn’t taste that great!

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