Chlorhexidine mouthrinse: Reduced plaque and gingivitis when used as adjunct to mechanical oral hygiene procedures

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51 studies were included in this Cochrane review of chlorhexidine mouthwash as an adjunct to mechanical oral hygiene measures. The review provides high quality evidence for a large reduction in the build-up of plaque at 4 to 6 weeks or 6 months. There is also high quality evidence of a moderate reduction in gingivitis in patients with mild gingivitis which may not be clinically important.

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Chlorhexidine reduces plaque and inflammation but causes staining – new ADA-EBD critical summary

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The latest ADA-EBD critical summary looks at a  2012 systematic review by Van Strydonck et al which looked at the effectiveness of Chlorhexidine (CHX) mouthrinse against plaque growth, gingival inflammation as well as the degree of staining.  We have blogged about this review earlier (Dental Elf – 21st Sept 2012) As this new  appraisal highlights, [read the full story…]

Review suggests good reductions in plaque levels and gingivitis with chlorhexidine mouthwash in addition to oral hygiene measures

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Chlorhexidine (CHX) has been used as a mouthwash for many years. The aim of this review was to assess, the effectiveness of Chlorhexidine (CHX) mouthrinse against plaque growth, gingival inflammation as well as the degree of staining. Three databases were searched Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (Central), reference lists of [read the full story…]

Nicotine replacement gum found to improve tooth staining caused by smoking

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In addition  to being a risk factor for mouth cancer and periodontal disease, smoking is associated with staining of the teeth.  Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is widely used to assist patients quit smoking.  In vitro tests of NRT gum have suggested that they may have stain reduction effects.  A product which not only assists smokers [read the full story…]