Product Review: Antimicrobial Oral Rinses
Oravital® CDLx System professional oral rinse
CDLx by Oravital is a mild antimicrobial mouthwash that is pleasant tasting, easy to use and an excellent choice for the cost of the product. The action of its main ingredient, sodium chlorite (aka stabilised chlorine dioxide), oxidizes the volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs) produced by anaerobic bacteria, thereby neutralizing the odour. It also has the ability to decrease the amount of bacterial VSC production by interfering with the internal cell enzymes that break down protein molecules.
Canadians will find CDLx an excellent alternative to CloSYS-II which is no longer available in Canada.
CDLx has an additional benefit as it contains Xylitol, a natural sweetener able to inhibit mutans streptocci - a group of bacteria that are linked to tooth decay.
CDLx was initially formulated for professional use in Oravital Certified™ dental clinics. After 5 years of highly positive feedback from dental professionals and patients, Oravital released CDLx for public retail in January 2012.
Smartmouth™ oral rinse
SmartMouth rinse uses a unique technology that stops breath odour by interfering with the metabolism of the oral bacteria. This system uses two separate bottles, one containing sodium chlorite and the other zinc chloride. When the two solutions are mixed together, the resulting mixture releases a large number of zinc ions that block the germs' ability to ingest protein particles - thus preventing the formation of VSC gases that cause halitosis. This zinc ion rinse is effective for 12 hours. Some individuals experience a very brief period of dry mouth which disappears within a minute or two. This initial reaction is due to the zinc chloride component of the rinse. Overall, it is a pleasant and very effective mouthwash.
SmartMouth products (oral rinse, toothpaste, mints, gum and new "On the Go" single-use mouthwash packets) are available for online purchase at the Fresh Breath Clinic website.
Oral Healthcare Review: Using Tongue Cleaners
Tongue cleaners are made of several different plastics, surgical steel, silver, and copper. They come in serrated and non-serrated strips, as well as loops, flat heads with ridges, and spoon shaped heads, all with a variety of handles. There are turbo-powered tongue cleaners and electric tongue cleaners. Tongue brushes are yet another variation for cleaning the tongue surface.
SmartMouth™ Tongue Scraper
The SmartMouth Tongue Scraper is a flexible plastic strip serrated gently on one side and with more pronounced serrations on the other side for deeper cleaning. This tongue cleaner is durable and will loop over the tongue surface easily. If you find using both hands to hold the tongue cleaner cumbersome, form a loop and hold the loop with one hand. Gently move the tongue cleaner over the surface of the tongue. This usually requires only 3 strokes: side, middle and other side. Wash the debris off your tongue cleaner and gently scrape the middle section again. If there is no debris on the strip, then you have completed your tongue cleaning. Important: do not continue to scrape numerous times and do not make your tongue bleed.
SmartMouth tongue cleaners are available at Oravital Certified™ Clinics.
Why should you use a tongue cleaner?
Before tongue cleaners became so popular, we used to brush our tongues with a toothbrush. Is this sufficient? You can try this experiment yourself. Brush your tongue with your toothbrush then use a tongue cleaner to see if there is any debris left on the tongue surface. Some individuals are very efficient with their toothbrush but we usually find considerable biofilm left behind.
Tongue cleaners offer several advantages over cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush. Tongue cleaners are more effective in removing oral biofilm from the tongue surface. This reduces the amount of bacteria living on the tongue surface, eliminates cellular debris (dead cells and food debris) caught in the crevices of the tongue and promotes fresher breath. A clean mouth will lead to a healthier body and a reduction of the stresses associated with that dry, stale mouth feeling.
My BreathDoc article Tongue Cleaning 101 is a good introduction to the art of tongue cleaning!