The most successful determining medicaments and germicidal rinses-those which prevented bacteremias to the highest degree - were summarized and reported by I.B. Bander,D.D.S. and Steve Montgomery,D.D.S., in the Journal of Endodontics. The very best results of numerous research studies were obtained with topical application into the gum crevice of an iodine-glycerine medicament. No bacteria whatever were found in the blood when it was applied and left to set and act for five minutes before proceeding with planned dental treatment.
Good results were also achieved using 0.5 percent hexa- dine with 10 percent providone-iodine solution. If your dentist is not familiar with this study, whic