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Cranberry juice rinse

I had a patient the other day who was very into holistic remedies. She stated she had started rinsing with cranberry juice in the mornings before brushing. I have never heard of this before has anyone else and what would your reaction to this be?

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Many holistic websites claim that cranberry juice inhibits the growth of bacteria and acts like “teflon” for the teeth not allowing bacteria to stick, by disrupting the formation of glucan, one of the main building blocks of plaque. I found a study that shows cranberry is comparable to chlorhexidine: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4319342/
It’s going to take more studies for me to jump on this bandwagon though. I would think that the cranberry juice is acidic and can stain. I would just make sure that this patient is using 100% cranberry juice, without any added sugars, flavors, or colors. I would chart what the patient is doing and watch for any new erosion, stain, caries, etc.

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