OraCare vs. Chlorhexidine: Benefits and Side Effects Comparison

Dentistry is frequently identified as one of the most stressful occupations. Managing a practice, caring for patients, and staying up-to-date on the market’s best products can become overwhelming. 

Dentists are being put in a position where they must know the difference between misleading marketing claims and actual scientific advancements within the industry. Ultimately, the goal is to provide each and every patient with the highest-quality products to maintain oral health and prevent issues in the future. 

OraCare aims to alleviate some of the stress on dental professionals by offering a safe and effective alternative to Chlorhexidine. 

Chlorhexidine Mouthwash: How it Works and Side Effects

For years, dentists have used Chlorhexidine mouthwash as a germicidal oral rinse to help patients reduce bacteria in their mouths. It is designed to rupture the bacterial cell membrane, leading to leakage of the cell contents and cell death. 

While it was once considered the gold standard in oral rinses, Chlorhexidine comes with its fair share of undesirable side effects that sometimes give dental professionals pause. As dental professionals know, the mouth is the gateway to a patient’s overall health, and addressing issues promptly is the best way to prevent future complications. 

Chlorhexidine is typically used to treat the main symptoms of gingivitis, including inflammation, swelling, and bleeding. Proper use of Chlorhexidine is essential. The usual dosage prescribed by dentists is 0.5 fluid ounces, used twice daily for 30 seconds. Some brand names patients have often been prescribed include Paroex, Peridex, or PerioGard.

The most common side effects of Chlorhexidine mouthwash are: 

  • Staining of the teeth or tongue
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased tartar buildup 
  • Mouth/throat irritation
  • Unusual/unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Swelling
  • Loss of taste
  • Mouth ulcers

OraCare Oral Rinse: How it Works and Side Effects

While it may be newer to dental professionals, Activated Chlorine Dioxide (CLO2) has been used for more than 200 years in various applications, including public health, food safety, medicinal, and household uses. It is a gas and strong oxidizer that is potent enough to sterilize medical instruments but also gentle enough to use intraorally to combat germs. 

The two-part health rinse is not only being used in place of Chlorhexidine. It is also showing promise for implants, periodontal disease, bad breath, dry mouth, and more. Its ability to kill bacteria is as effective as traditional Chlorhexidine mouthwashes but without the side effects. 

To use it, patients simply place equal parts of OraCare (4 pumps from each bottle) into the included cup, let the product rest for 30 seconds, and then rinse for 30-60 seconds. OarCare’s activated oral rinse is ideal for any oral hygiene regimen because it lacks side effects. 

Patients have the benefit of: 

  • No staining
  • No tartar build-up
  • No chemical taste
  • No alcohol

Should Your Patients Make the Switch?

Dental professionals have been using Chlorhexidine mouthwash since the 1950s, but just like other areas of dentistry have made advancements, it’s time to switch your mouthwash products to better serve your patients. 

OraCare oral rinse is specifically designed to offer dental patients the benefits of a germicidal mouthwash without any negative side effects. It can be used long-term, and it can be used with or without flavorings. 

Plus, using an Activated Chlorine Dioxide oral health rinse has been proven to be an important part of decreasing bacterial aerosols during clinical procedures. This transition allows you to effectively protect your patients, your staff, and your practice. 

Where to BuyOraCare Health Rinse

Clinical Supply Company is a proud partner of OraCare. To ensure dental professionals around the country can easily access OraCare health rinse, we’ve added it to our selection of quality dental supplies. This means, you can truly make Clinical Supply Company your one-stop-shop to keep your practice running smoothly. Reach out to Clinical Supply Company directly for information on how to purchase.