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Can I use chlorhexidine oral rinse for gingivitis?

Can I use chlorhexidine oral rinse for gingivitis?

Not really: Get advice from dentist for what you need, including possibly more than 2 cleanings a year, improved home care, electric toothbrush, etc. ...Read more

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Help please! is chlorhexidine mouth wash effective in treating oral thrush?

No: Not really. You have a fungal (yeast) infection. There are drugs specifically for that. You will need a prescription. ...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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Is heartburn common when using chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse?

Is heartburn common when using chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse?

No: It commonly causes a build-up of brown stain on the teeth, but since it isn't swallowed, you shouldn't feel any heartburn. ...Read more

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Wisdome teeth surgery and oral piercing?

Wisdome teeth surgery and oral piercing?

What is your questio: Wisdom teeth surgery should not be a problem. Oral piercing - if you are having it done- stay away from metal piercings - they cause a lot of damage. If you have a piercing - depending on the type and location - it may or may not interfere with the extractions. ...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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Can you get intoxicated from drinking chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse?

Can you get intoxicated  from drinking chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse?

No: Seek emergency medical attention if you or anyone else has swallowed a large amount of chlorhexidine. An overdose of Chlorhexidine would occur only if the medicine were swallowed deliberately by an adult or if a child swallows 4 or more ounces. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting or the appearance of being drunk. If getting drunk is your aim, Chlorhexidine is not your drink of choice! ...Read more

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Wisdom teeth removed recently, should I use periogard (chlorhexidine gluconate) rinse?

Wisdom teeth removed recently, should I use periogard (chlorhexidine gluconate) rinse?

It is recommended: gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water or periogard (chlorhexidine gluconate) rinse every four hours and after meals for a week. ...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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Oral thrush after oral sex, antibiotics would work?

Oral thrush after oral sex, antibiotics would work?

See below: If you actually have oral thrush and you have not been on steroids (oral of inhaled), are not under chemotherapy then you have a problem with your immune system and need to be checked for immune related issues asap. ...Read more

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I just had 2 dental implants and have chlorhexidine gluconate 0.12% oral rinse. Prevent more tartar buildup vs. OTC mouth wash while gums heal?

I just had 2 dental implants and have chlorhexidine gluconate 0.12% oral rinse. Prevent more tartar buildup vs. OTC mouth wash while gums heal?

Follow instructions: You trusted the Dentist to do surgery (implant placement) but not to follow his/her post procedure instructions. Why? Chlorhexidine will reduce chance of surgical sites becoming infected. OTC mouthwashes for the most part just enrich the manufacturer and can actually interfere with healing. ...Read more

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Can you get a high from swallowing chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse?

Can you get a  high from swallowing chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse?

No: Seek emergency medical attention if you or anyone else has swallowed a large amount of chlorhexidine. An overdose of Chlorhexidine would occur only if the medicine were swallowed deliberately by an adult or if a child swallows 4 or more ounces. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting or the appearance of being drunk. If getting drunk is your aim, Chlorhexidine is not your drink of choice! ...Read more

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Oral hygiene - which is most important: brushing teeth, flossing, or brushing the tongue?

Oral hygiene - which is most important: brushing teeth, flossing, or brushing the tongue?

All: Brushing removes plaque from your teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease. Flossing aids in removing plaque between your teeth preventing gum disease. Brushing your tongue improves home care by removing sulfer producing bacteria implicating in causing bad breath. ...Read more

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Gum erosion from oral piercings with cheap metal?

Gum erosion from oral piercings with cheap metal?

Maybe: It's not the type of metal. It's the metal rubbing on the gum tissue causing it to erode away. The same thing would happen with 24k gold. You should remove the oral piercings right away unless you want to risk losing teeth. ...Read more