Bad breath is caused by bacteria, we all know that, but it is also caused by bacteria waste, which are volatile sulfur compounds. That waste product also known as a volatile sulfur compound (VSC) is actually what causes the odor in bad breath and in order to manage bad breath, you have to eliminate both: the bacteria and the VSC’s. Just doing one and not the other, doesn’t solve the issue.
OraCare is fantastic for bad breath. One thing the chlorine dioxide does incredibly well is remove VSCs as well as bacteria. Whereas other OTC products that are marketed in regards to bad breath, they are just simply a heavy mint flavoring that will reduce some bacteria and mask some of that odor but it’s not really removing the source of the problem.
Fungal infections are typically treated with a prescription mouth rinse. Patient’s can only use it for a week and then throw it away. One unpopular part of utilizing that prescription product is actually that the patient has to swallow it. What OraCare provides is that same removal of fungi as this other rinse without having to ingest it. Plus, if it is someone who frequently gets fungal infections (immunocompromised patients), this is a rinse they can continue to use everyday, long term. So, this is great for patients who have dentures because a lot of times we see fungal overgrowth there. If they’re undergoing chemo and radiation, you see a lot of fungal infections there. All of these scenarios are great scenarios for a patient to be recommended to use OraCare.
Demographically we know most ortho patients are teenagers. Somewhere in that age range where they don’t traditionally have the best track record for taking care of their mouths. A lot of ortho patients face excessive build up around those wires and that’s why dental professionals love OraCare for ortho.
Ortho patients are some of the most challenging patients that you have. They’re typically teenage agers and they struggle with hygiene. Brushing and flossing, now you add brackets and wiring on top of that and it’s even more impossible for them to clean as well as me, a dental hygienist so giving them a rinse to use every single day helps improve their hygiene which ultimately improves their outcome of their treatment. Having less plaque build up on their teeth while they have the appliance in there is so important because if not, you get all of that scarring and that decalcification and the breakdown. Using OraCare as rinse and the ability to break through that plaque is huge. So even giving it to patients who don’t have the best hygiene on a day to day basis, its potential is maximized because there is so much more work to do with them.
So a rinse is so critical for an ortho patient to be using day to day.
Kristin Goodfellow RDH
Kristin is Chief Clinical Officer of OraCare, a practicing Registered Dental Hygienist