Bacterial comparison of preoperative rinsing and swabbing for oral surgery using 0.2% chlorhexidine

Johnson, Nigel R., Kazoullis, Andrea, Bobinskas, Alexander M., Jones, Lee, Hutmacher, Dietmar W. and Lynham, Anthony (2014) Bacterial comparison of preoperative rinsing and swabbing for oral surgery using 0.2% chlorhexidine. Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry, 1-4. doi:10.1111/jicd.12099


Author Johnson, Nigel R.
Kazoullis, Andrea
Bobinskas, Alexander M.
Jones, Lee
Hutmacher, Dietmar W.
Lynham, Anthony
Title Bacterial comparison of preoperative rinsing and swabbing for oral surgery using 0.2% chlorhexidine
Journal name Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2041-1626
2041-1618
Publication date 2014-05-22
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jicd.12099
Open Access Status
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Place of publication Malden MA, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim

The aim of the present study was to compare bacterial load using preoperative rinsing and swabbing techniques for oral surgery with 0.2% chlorhexidine (CHX).

Methods

Participants were healthy volunteers undergoing a general anesthetic for the removal of teeth. Participants were randomly allocated to receive 15 mL of 0.2% CHX for 60 s as either a rinse or have their mouths swabbed. Plaque samples were aseptically collected pre- and post-rinsing from the same sites in all patients (the distal surface of all second molar teeth).

Results

Patients in the swab group had similar bacteria counts before and after the application of CHX (143.4 vs 138.5 colonies, P = 1.000). After rinsing with CHX, there was an eightfold reduction of bacterial load (71 vs 8.8 colonies, P < 0.001).

Conclusion

The present study demonstrates that the use of CHX as an antimicrobial agent is effective in reducing the overall number of bacterial colonies in the oral cavity. Rinsing is a more effective method of doing this.
Keyword Bacterial comparison
Chlorhexidine
Oral surgery
Rinsing
Swabbing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 22 May 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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