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“Miracle Mouthwashes” & More

Compounding dental mouthwashes or rinses may offer numerous advantages over commercially available preparations. It is more desirable to compound mouthwashes using pharmaceutical grade bulk powders as a source of active ingredients (antibiotics, anesthetics, etc.) versus the common practice of combining available liquids, due to concerns of palatability, flavor (different products have different flavors, which may not be compatible), limit of alcohol content, and elimination of dyes used to color liquid preparations which may stain exposed mucosa. Compounding allows numerous active ingredients to be incorporated into customized dosage forms. For example, to treat periodontal disease, antibiotics can be formulated as a mouthwash, or added to an oral adhesive paste or a plasticized gel that will maintain the contact between the tissue and medication for a longer period of time. 

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