We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the past few months and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed all around us and indeed in our dental practice, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection Prevention and Control has always been a top priority for us and you hopefully will have seen this in previous visits. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable…
We extend our best wishes to all our patients and hope you are keeping well and safe through these testing times.
We are currently advised by the public health authorities to limit treatment to emergency care only. We wish however, to remind you that we remain available to advise on any dental concerns or queries that you may have over the period of suspension of normal practice and routine dental care…
Mouthrinses are used for a variety of purposes in dental and oral care including helping to prevent tooth decay and gum disease as well as finding application in the management of bad breath (halitosis) and dry mouth (xerostomia).
The current evidence suggests that while mouthrinses can be beneficial in the management of these conditions, they are not nearly as important as the effective removal of plaque by brushing and the control of dietary sugars in the cases of tooth decay and gum disease respectively. Where halitosis is concerned there are no scientific data that support (or contraindicate) the use of mouthrinses. Once again, it is good oral hygiene that is critical as the primary preventive measure.
Are there any downsides to using mouthrinses? Well, these can include staining of the teeth or taste disturbance but more seriously a link between alcohol-containing mouthrinses and oral cancer has been recently posited. The outcome of the research that has been done is that no clear-cut, causative associations appear to exist but that it may be prudent nonetheless to avoid alcohol-containing mouthrinses to reduce what is likely to be a very low risk overall.
Tooth whitening (bleaching) is a safe and successful procedure as long as the recommended materials and clinical protocols for use are adhered to. The currently recommended products contain 10% carbamide peroxide which releases 3.5% hydrogen peroxide. The maximum permitted 21% carbamide peroxide releases 7% hydrogen peroxide.
Until a recent EU Directive limiting bleaching to dental professionals, the prescribing of whitening products was completely unregulated with no controls on the agents used or the amount of peroxide they contained (up to 35%).