A Tale of Two Antiseptics

When dentists prescribe mouthwash for gum disease, two active ingredients often come to mind: chlorhexidine and hexetidine. While the efficacy of mouthwash, in general, in fighting periodontitis is still the subject of scientific debate, the National Health Service has pointed out these antiseptics for this specific purpose.

Antiseptic mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine usually come in the form of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG). Chlorhexidine, in itself, is often used by doctors as a powerful sanitizer for their hands prior to an operation or as an effective disinfectant for the area for surgery or injection. The addition of gluconic acid helps impart a sweet taste and slight hint of acidity. Continue reading

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Brush Rush: Maximizing Your Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes make brushing teeth a breeze since the oscillating brush heads mimic regular brushing strokes. While it’s tempting to simply pass an electric toothbrush over your teeth quickly, there’s a proper and more effective way to maximize the device. By using an electric toothbrush correctly, you can get more cleaning done and noticeably reduce the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Continue reading

Manual or Automatic: On Choosing a Toothbrush

To maintain healthy teeth and gums, people need to brush their teeth regularly, and the task requires a toothbrush to perform. Before toothbrushes, folks had to resort to wiping down their teeth with cloth or flossing, and both are very tedious to do regularly. (Flossing survives to this day because it is still effective.) Today, toothbrushes make cleaning teeth a lot more convenient and effective than ever before. Continue reading

How to Choose Among Electric Toothbrush Types

Electric toothbrushes are an effective way to clean one’s teeth, so it’s no wonder users of this device continue to increase. Several brands offer their own variations, with new models coming out periodically. To find the one that best fits your needs and budget, consider these factors: Continue reading