An update on bleach swishing: Reviewing the literature on diluted bleach rinsing

This research was originally published in 2015 by LYNNE SLIM, RDH, BSDH, MSDH. 

We have curated this article as a reference point for The Larkin Protocol.


Sometimes my analogies are a bit of a stretch, but it's a good way to introduce a controversial topic. Like many women around the globe, I couldn't get enough of the trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey. I pretty much ignored everyone around me, including my dachshunds, until the very last page. What fascinated me most about the book, however, was the entire Fifty Shades phenomenon, and I even read somewhere that there's a magazine devoted to this obsession.

A phenomenon in dentistry worth discussing is the practice of using diluted bleach as a mouth rinse. It appears to be more common in Southern California where the Danish periodontist and professor, Dr. Jorgen Slots, resides (but I may be wrong in making this assumption). In chatting yesterday with a good friend, Renee Marchant, RDH, from Northern California, I asked her if swishing or irrigating with a diluted bleach mixture was popular there. She indicated it was not and cited "bad bleach taste" as an issue that prevents patients from adopting it in their weekly oral hygiene regimen.

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