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Mouth rinses are used for a number of different reasons in dentistry. Mostly to help patients improve oral hygiene or freshen breath. However, given their antiseptic properties, some agents also can serve an important function in infection control..
In their 1998 text book Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team, Miller and Palenik write, “The application of antiseptics to the skin or mucous membranes before surgery or injections has been practiced for many years. The goal of such application is to reduce the number of microorganisms on the surface to prevent their entry to underlying tissues, which could cause bacteremia, septicemia, or local harmful infections. The use of an antimicrobial mouthrinse by the patient before dental procedures is based on a similar principle of reducing the number of oral microorganisms. This reduction also reduces the number of microorganisms that may escape a patient’s mouth during dental care through aerosols, spatter, or direct contact.”