DE's Business Lab: The dangers of chlorhexidine

March 18, 2022
Why are dental professionals still using chlorhexidine? One of the reasons is that people may not know there are alternatives. Dr. Bob Martino explains the changes in this area.

I recently spoke with Dr. Bob. Martino about chlorhexidine. He noted that many dental professionals are aware of the problems chlorhexidine can cause, but they don’t have the right information to make any changes. It’s intended to be used only for gingivitis and for no more than two weeks because it’s so strong. He stressed never to use it after extractions.

I asked him about Oracare, and how it’s used as a professional-level rinse. Dr. Martino explains the advantages of OraCare, and how its ingredients are much different than chlorhexidine. He also discusses some of the other indicators OraCare is used for. He’s on a mission to help his peers make the change from chlorhexidine. 

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About the Author

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD | Chief Editor

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of Dental Economics. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics. You may contact her at [email protected]