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Pre-procedural rinse, Chlorhexidine or Listerine?

I am wondering what others are doing and their thoughts on preprocedural rinses. I understand that chlorexidine continues to kill bacteria for 30 minutes after use but it tastes terrible and is expensive for office use. I feel that if I have patients rinse with Listerine for 30 seconds they may be more inclined to buy it and use it daily. I would like to only prescribe chlorhexidine for two week treatment of acute problems. Thoughts?



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There is a new product out that is way better than chx and doesn’t inhibit fibroblasts. I can’t remember the name, but read studies on it compared to chlorhexidine and it looks very promising. I’ll post name on Monday when I get to work.

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Hygienius, Please post the name of the rinse you mentioned. I’m curious

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So sorry……. I forgot…….. It’s Triology.
TRIOLOGY™ is the only professional oral care product made with Tritiserum™, a balanced combination of biologic ingredients formulated to integrate with saliva. As a result, TRIOLOGY™ advanced oral care products are able to penetrate deeper and continue working even during dental procedures such as debridement, extractions, scaling, and root planing. Its oxygenating biologic foaming debridement action cleans better than water or chemical-based products.
It doesn’t inhibit fibroblasts (wound healing) like chlorhexidine does.

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Chlorhexidine has substantivity up to 5 or 6 hours, Listerine much less. For just a preprocedural Prince, I would choose the CHX. The alcohol free is a bit more tolerable concerning taste. 🙂

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