Disclosure: We value transparency at Today’s RDH. This article is sponsored content from OraCare as part of our sponsored partner program.
As hygienists, it’s clear the path to a healthier mouth begins with an effective oral home care regimen. While some of our patients have excellent home care, others fail to properly brush and clean interdentally, therefore not effectively removing harmful biofilm. While some patients use an oral rinse, which might kill bacteria, what about viruses, fungi, and volatile sulfur compounds?
OraCare Rinse was introduced to provide patients with a fast, easy way to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and volatile sulfur compounds while promoting long-term tissue management. Below is a look at OraCare’s unique composition.
How does OraCare work?
OraCare is a two-bottle rinse which features chlorine dioxide as its active ingredient. Suggested use is two to three times per day, or as recommended by a dental professional. While other products say they feature stabilized chlorine dioxide, it is really sodium chlorite, which is not chlorine dioxide. To get chlorine dioxide (which is a gas), you must mix sodium chlorite with an acid, every time you use it. This is why OraCare comes in two bottles, by combining the two components immediately before you rinse, you get true chlorine dioxide.
OraCare offers a host of benefits for clinicians and patients alike. Here are five reasons why OraCare is a game changer for oral health:
1) OraCare is a great alternative to chlorhexidine
For many decades, chlorhexidine (CHX) has been the “gold standard.”While CHX successfully destroys bacteria, research going back decades shows it is cytotoxic and significantly inhibits fibroblast attachment, which interferes with the regeneration and healing of the periodontium.1-6Povidone-iodine has been shown to do the same.2Other side effects of CHX include tooth stain, an increase in calculus build up, mouth irritation, and changes in taste. Additionally, chlorhexidine is generally only recommended for short-term use (2 weeks), and not meant to be a long-term oral health solution. With these side effects, why are we recommending our periodontal patients use CHX? Why are we using it for subgingival irrigation, if our goal with periodontal therapy is periodontal ligament reattachment and healing?
OraCare is a better solution. In contrast to chlorhexidine, OraCare is not associated with any of the unpleasant side effects referenced above. OraCare can also be used long-term by all patients; from patients with healthy gingiva to gingivitis to perio patients. Simply put, all patients can benefit from OraCare. It’s a great option for subgingival irrigation too.
2) Destroys more than bacteria
One of OraCare’s greatest assets is its versatility and ability to be used to treat many oral health conditions. Here are just a few of the many ways that OraCare promotes oral health:
- OraCare kills viruses and fungi that are resistant to chlorhexidine.
- OraCare neutralizes volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) that are associated with halitosis and impede wound healing.
- OraCare promotes the healing process.
- OraCare helps break down biofilm, helping patients improve their oral hygiene and thus their oral and overall health.
3) OraCare is effective for patients who do not floss
“The first nationally representative analysis designed to determine how many people floss their teeth found that those who floss daily amount to 30 percent of the population. Just over 37 percent report less than daily flossing; slightly over 32 percent say they never floss.”
– Steve Sternberg, Assistant Managing Editor for Health Initiatives
OraCare provides an excellent means of removing pathogens that are linked to disease. Even if patients brush and clean interdentally on a regular basis, they are only caring for tooth structure, which accounts for 22% of the mouth, and miss about 78% of the soft tissuein the mouth where pathogens often exist. Oracare’s active ingredient, activated chlorine dioxide, can reach the areas brushing and interdentally cleaning, or lack thereof, miss.
4) OraCare offers long-term tissue management
“The effects of periodontal disease range from mild redness and swelling of the gums (gingivitis) to complete destruction of the tooth’s bony support structure (advanced periodontitis), which is responsible for tooth loss. Over the years, people with periodontal disease have been found to be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, pregnancy complications, and dementia.”
– Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School
Dental hygienists know healthy gingival tissue, free from inflammation, plays a vital role in patients’ overall oral health. As prevention specialists, dental hygienists are dedicated to finding patient-friendly solutions to for our patients; OraCare can be one of those solutions.
OraCare has become a trusted solution for many dental hygienists who applaud the product’s efficacy in removing volatile sulfur compounds which cause more than halitosis. VCSs can have toxic effects on oral health because they impact wound healing by increasing the permeability of membranes and block oxygen from reaching the tissue, thus impeding healing. In particular, OraCare targets VCSs that lie in challenging areas, such as the back of the tongue and periodontal pockets. Additionally, OraCare is one of the only products that reduces VSCs by 98%. The end result is better breath for up to 24 hours and unimpeded wound healing.
5) OraCare is easy for patients to use
OraCare’s efficacy is just one of the many reasons why it is growing in popularity among dental professionals and patients. In addition to producing results, OraCare rinse is easy and convenient for patients to use.
Through the power of activated chlorine dioxide, OraCare Rinse is a safe, effective alternative to chlorhexidine. In addition to providing long-term tissue management results, OraCare rinse is easy to use.
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