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A 36-year-old member asked:

wanted to know if i can use listerine instead of peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate)?

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Dr. Joseph Wineman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) or listerine: It depends--whey are you on the peridex, (chlorhexidine gluconate) ? Did you just have surgery or an implant placed? Some surgeons want you to use Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) for 2 weeks following periodontal surgery. While it stains the teeth is does help the healing. Listerine is about 22-27% alcohol and can "burn" the tissues. While it too is an antiseptic rinse, it may not be as effective. Ask your dentist and see what she or he say.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Which is better listerine or peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate)?

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Dr. Alan Zweig
Dentistry 45 years experience
Very DIfferent: Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) is an oral anti biotic which affects harmful bacteria.. Listerine, contains alcohol which will kill bacteria and dry out your mucous membranes. Use Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) upon your doctor's recommendation. Use listerine as an adjunct to brushing and flossing to keep your mouth clean and feeling good.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Could I use listerine instead of peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate)?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not the same: Speak to your treating dentist regarding your concerns about using peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate). If you have periodontitis, better treat it now than later... It will be more expensive in the long run.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) better than listerine?

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Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Listerine mouthwash: Listerine is a mouthwash that can reduce bacterial numbers. Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) is a drug that kills bacteria and sticks around for several hours after application to continue to work. Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) is not a mouthwash.
A 36-year-old member asked:

It's okay to use listerine instead of peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) right?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not necessarily: Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) is a prescription medication used for patients with periodontal problems, and has different ingredients than Listerine. If they did the same thing, there would be no need for the Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate), right? Discuss this question with the dentist who gave you the prescription and is treating you for your gingival problems.

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