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Chattem, Inc.
Colgate Technology Center
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Dr. Sharp, Llc
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J & J Instruments, Inc.
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Keystone Industries
NOWsystem, Inc
Oral Biotech
OraPharma, Inc
Oravital Inc.
Oxyfresh Worldwide, Inc.
Pentron Clinical
Philips Oral Healthcare
Procter & Gamble Company
Rowpar Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
StellaLife, Inc
Sunstar Americas, Inc.
The Natural Dentist
Thera Breath
Triumph Pharmaceuticals
Ultradent Products, Inc.



The sheer volume of oral rinses, many of which serve multiple functions (e.g., oral antiseptic rinses that contain fluoride) can be overwhelming for patients, who need professional advice to help them select the product that best suits their needs.

When used daily, the low concentrations (<.05%) of sodium fluoride in over-the-counter (OTC) oral fluoride rinses are believed sufficient to provide the residual levels needed to protect against decay. They typically have a relatively physiologic pH, many are alcohol-free, and some have reduced levels of cetylpyridinium chloride to prevent tooth staining.

OTC antiseptic rinses are especially beneficial for patients who are noncompliant with brushing and flossing. One of the most popular formulations includes eucalyptol, menthol, methyl salicylate, and thymol.

Moisturizing rinses are alcohol-free with a physiologic pH. One such product combines glycerin, xylitol, sorbitol, and propylene glycol, provides immediate relief for up to 4 hours, and can be used up to 5 times daily.

Prescription therapeutic rinses include those with higher fluoride concentrations, and antimicrobial products such as chlorhexidine gluconate (0.12%) oral rinse, which is  recommended for use between dental visits as part of a gingivitis treatment regimen.

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Microbial plaque is widely recognized as the primary etiologic agent in the cause of gingivitis and periodontitis. Mechanical means of plaque control (flossing and brushing) alone have...

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BreathRx oral rinse from Philips help patients eliminate bad breath.
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Aloe is incorporated to provide soothing relief for any irritation, soreness or inflammation in the mouth. This blend is infused with a...
GUM PerioShield Rinse contains delmopinol 0.2% that breaks down plaque, so that it cannot adhere well to the surface, thus making it...
SmartMouth Advanced Clinical Formula, which contains an FDA-approved active ingredient CPC (cetylpyridinium chloride), prevents the...
PerioMed 0.63% stannous fluoride oral rinse concentrate provides consistent stannous and fluoride ion bioavailability and reduces tooth...
ProDenRx Oral Rinse offers versatility as it can be used as a rinse or with an irrigator. The rinse is available in 3 flavors: Mint,...
Crest Pro-Health Rinse provides a cleaner, healthier mouth. It kills 99% of germs that can cause plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath,...
Procter & Gamble's Scope Dual- Blast helps patients avoid bad breath.According to the manufacturer, clinical studies on onion and garlic...
NUPRO 2% neutral sodium fluoride rinse is indicated for a 1 minute treatment (two 30-second treatments). Four flavors are available.
Listerine Total Care Anticavity Mouthwash from J&J is designed to eliminate the formation of cavities, replenish minerals to enamel to...

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