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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Chlorhexidine Gluconate (Overview)

In dentistry, Chlorhexidine is used as an active ingredient in mouthwash designed to reduce dental plaque and oral bacteria. And to help in the treatment of gingivitis and periodontitis. It is a prescription medication that improves on swelling, redness and bleeding gums.


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Please describe the medication: chlorhexidine gluconate?

Please describe the medication: chlorhexidine gluconate?

RX mouthwash: In dentistry, Chlorhexidine is used as an active ingredient in mouthwash designed to reduce dental plaque and oral bacteria. And to help in the treatment of gingivitis and periodontitis. It is a prescription medication that improves on swelling, redness and bleeding gums. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Chlorhexidine Gluconate (Overview)

In dentistry, Chlorhexidine is used as an active ingredient in mouthwash designed to reduce dental plaque and oral bacteria. And to help in the treatment of gingivitis and periodontitis. It is a prescription medication that improves on swelling, redness and bleeding gums.


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Why do denstist precribe chlorhexidine gluconate?

Why do denstist precribe chlorhexidine gluconate?

To fight gum disease: Chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse can significantly reduce plaque bacteria & prevent the development of gingivitis. Gingivitis is characterized by redness and swelling of the gingiva, which often includes gingival bleeding upon probing. Dentists will often rx Chlorhexidine for patients to use between dental visits as part of a professional program for the treatment of gingivitis, . ...Read more

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My dentist prescribed chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse twice daily. Is it okay to swab my gum more often?

My dentist prescribed chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse twice daily. Is it okay to swab my gum more often?

Chlorohexidine: Chlorohexidine gluconate 0.12% is an excellent prescription mouth rinse effective in helping you combat gum infection. I don't see any problem with you swabbing your gums more often but of course you should consult with your dentist before doing so as he/she would have more insight as it relates to your care. ...Read more

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Has anyone used chlorhexidine gluconate mouth rinse for infected gum ?

Has anyone used chlorhexidine gluconate mouth rinse for infected gum ?

Yes and: Bacteria cause gum disease. Chlorhexidine helps kill the bacteria, but it cannot reach into the pocket (deep) where the harmful bacteria reside. Look into the perio protect method to see if you can find a dentist near you who can help treat the cause so you don't have the disease effects. ...Read more

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Is chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse effective against bad breath?

Is chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse effective against bad breath?

It couldn't hurt: The rinse will help a little to keep bad breath at bay, but you do have to have good teeth (no holes) and you must also practice good oral hygiene. The rinse will mostly help keep gingivitis or mild periodontitis in check. Bad breath is not only an oral problem but is possibly caused by what you have in your stomach. ...Read more

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How does chlorhexidine gluconate work?

Positive attraction: Chlorhexidine gluconate has a positive chemical charge; it is attracted to the negative charge on certain bacteria in the mouth. This attractn affects the bacterial cell membrane & causes increased permeability for immediate antimicrobial activity. Chlorhx is also attracted to neg charged surfs on oral tissue. This additional attractn gives chlorhx sustained action that can help prevent the plaque. ...Read more

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My wife washed with chlorhexidine gluconate yesterday morning as a pre-operative wash. She used it on her face.Last night her cheeks turned red.?

My wife washed with chlorhexidine gluconate yesterday morning as a pre-operative wash.
She used it on her face.Last night her cheeks turned  red.?

?Allergic: She may have developed a hypersensitvity reaction (allergy) to the wash. If the redness does not go away, see the doctor for an evalutaion, and avoid the wash to be safe. ...Read more

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Chlorhexidine gluconate taste bad?

Chlorhexidine gluconate taste bad?

It may: Chlorhexidine gluconate may leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Do not rinse your mouth to remove this taste after using the medication. You may rinse the medicine away and reduce its effectiveness. Chlorhexidine may also stain your teeth or other dental work (crowns, fillings, bridges, dentures). You will often need to seek your dentist or dental hygienist to remove these brown stains. ...Read more

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How does chlorhexidine gluconate work?

How does chlorhexidine gluconate work?

Chlorhexadine : Gluconate (peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) etc) is a very effective topical antiseptic rinse that kills certain bacteria that are responsible for causing gum disease. Important to use as directed. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How does chlorhexidine gluconate work?

Positive attraction: Chlorhexidine gluconate has a positive chemical charge; it is attracted to the negative charge on certain bacteria in the mouth. This attractn affects the bacterial cell membrane & causes increased permeability for immediate antimicrobial activity. Chlorhx is also attracted to neg charged surfs on oral tissue. This additional attractn gives chlorhx sustained action that can help prevent the plaque. ...Read more

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Whats peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) ?

An antibacterial rin: Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) is a brand name for chlorhexadine mouth rinse...There are other brands as well. Chlorhexadine is an antibacterial rinse that will reduce the number of certain bacteria known to cause "gum" disease (periodontal disease). ...Read more

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What is peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) used for?

What is peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) used for?

Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) is : A brand name for a chlorohexadine gluconate oral rinse. It is used to help oral tissues heal. It is a topical antiseptic used to treat gum infections, swelling, as a post-op surgical rinse, gingivitis ... . Dosage instructions should be followed to get the maximum benefit of the rinse. It has a negative, that is, it has the potential to cause brown stains on teeth if ones brushing habits are r. ...Read more

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Can children use Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate)?

Can children use Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate)?

Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate): Clinical effectiveness and safety of Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) have not been established in children under the age of 18. In addition, why would a child have severe gingival problems? ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: chlorhexidine gluconate?

RX mouthwash: In dentistry, Chlorhexidine is used as an active ingredient in mouthwash designed to reduce dental plaque and oral bacteria. And to help in the treatment of gingivitis and periodontitis. It is a prescription medication that improves on swelling, redness and bleeding gums. ...Read more

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Is there a nonprescription peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate)?

No: The active ingredient in Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) (chlorhexidine) is not available without a prescription. That's primarily because this medicine should not be taken long-term, & it's indicated only for specific oral conditions. If people could just buy it, they would use it indiscriminately & for far too long, so it has to be regulated. There are potential side-effects from improper use which have to be avoided. ...Read more

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How long will it take for peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) to work?

Starts Immediately: Since Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) is applied directly to where the problem is, it starts working right away. What varies, however, it how well it will work long-term, and how much it will improve your condition. That, in turn, depends on what your condition is and what you're expecting Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) to do. For the most common oral problems, you should notice an improvement within 2 weeks. Don't use it long-term. ...Read more

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