Antimicrobial Mouth Rinse
Antimicrobial mouth rinse reduces the number of bacteria within the mouth. Some of these bacteria can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Mild forms of antimicrobial mouth rinses are available over the counter. Stronger formulas require a prescription. The most commonly prescribed prescription-strength antimicrobial mouth rinse is Peridex or its generic formula Chlorhexidine. It is frequently used in conjunction with deep cleanings called scaling and root planing.
It is important to follow the instructions of the dentists or dental hygienists while using these types of mouth rinses. Their recommendations will be based upon the level of gum disease.
An antimicrobial mouth rinse is not usually prescribed for long-term use. Once the gum disease is under control, frequent brushing, flossing, and periodic professional cleanings are used to maintain oral health.