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What is an Antimicrobial Rinse?

by Williams, Daily & Frazier on Oct 11, 2022 1:02:00 PM

When it comes to oral health, there are a number of options for keeping your teeth clean and free of bacteria. One option that you may not be familiar with is antimicrobial rinse. Antimicrobial rinses are designed to kill bacteria on contact, making them a great choice for people who want an extra level of protection against tooth decay and gum disease. If you're interested in trying an antimicrobial rinse, here's what you need to know.

Designed to Fight Oral Disease

Antimicrobial rinses are a type of mouthwash that contains an antibiotic or chemotherapeutic agent. They are prescribed by dentists in cases of gum disease, in order to reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth.

Chlorhexidine is the most common antimicrobial rinse, and it has been shown to be effective in reducing the number of bacteria that cause gum disease.

There are a few different types of antimicrobial rinses on the market, so be sure to talk to your dentist about which one is right for you. With regular use, an antimicrobial rinse can help to keep your mouth healthy and free of bacteria.

What are the Benefits?

An antimicrobial rinse is a bacteria-killing solution that is used in addition to brushing and flossing to help treat gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease. The rinse helps to reduce plaque and gingivitis by killing the bacteria that cause these problems.

Benefits of antimicrobial rinses include:

  • It can help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth. This can in turn help to control plaque, as well as kill the bacteria that contribute to gum disease.
  • An antimicrobial mouth rinse can help to soothe and heal any inflamed areas in your mouth.
  • If you are struggling with bad breath, an antimicrobial mouth rinse can also help to freshen your breath.

How an Antimicrobial Rinse is Used

It is important to follow your doctor’s recommendations when using this type of rinse, which may include more frequent brushing and flossing, and rinsing with the solution for a certain amount of time each day.

Chlorhexidine has been shown to be most effective when it is left in contact with your gums overnight.

Your dentist may recommend that you do not eat, drink, or brush your teeth after rinsing with chlorhexidine in order to allow the solution to work its best.

Using an antimicrobial rinse can help to reduce plaque and gingivitis, and it may also help to prevent other types of gum disease from developing.


Williams Daily and Frazier Dental recommends OraCare for our patients because it is a powerful oral cleanser that kills viruses, bacteria, and fungi, as well as neutralizes the toxins from the bacteria and destroys biofilms (plaque) that can contribute to oral health problems.

OraCare is available only through dental offices, so patients can be assured that they are getting a product that has been specifically designed to be the best.

Gum Disease Solutions

Williams, Daily and Frazier Dental in Raleigh, NC offers a comprehensive approach to dental care. Our dentists and hygienists work together to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. If you have gum disease, we can help. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Williams, Daily & Frazier Dental is a family and cosmetic dentist in Raleigh, NC with a dedicated team of dentists, assistants, hygienists and administrators who are enthusiastic in their commitment to their patients. We offer dental implants, Invisalign teeth straightening, in-office and home teeth whitening options, and Oral-B electric toothbrushes.
Contact Williams, Daily & Frazier at (919) 846-9070 for more information and to schedule an appointment today.