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How does chlorhexidine gluconate work?

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Dr. Stanley Siu
Dentistry - Cosmetic
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Stanley Siu
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