Chlorhexidine: What is it and what is it used for?

As we have been repeating in all our articles and in our consultations, having correct and exhaustive oral hygiene is essential and essential for the enjoyment of favorable oral health. However, sometimes, despite performing this act properly, certain pathologies that need to be treated may arise.

At Gross Dentistas we carry out all the techniques and tools necessary to achieve a disease-free and beautiful smile, such as the use of mouthwashes such as chlorhexidine. But exactly… What is chlorhexidine and what is it for?

What is chlorhexidine and what is it used for?

Chlorhexidine is an antiseptic whose purpose is to stop bacterial action in the oral cavity. Therefore, we can affirm that it serves to disinfect and eliminate the harmful microorganisms that colonize our mouth, either due to incorrect oral hygiene or in those situations in which bacteria are more difficult to eradicate.

In addition, said antiseptic prevents other types of pathologies such as periodontal diseases and the invasion of oral microorganisms after some dental treatments, such as oral surgeries.

Chlordixirin uses in dentistry

As we have just mentioned, there are many situations in which bacteria or microorganisms take over our mouth. For this reason, we are going to explain, below, in which situations it is recommended to use chlordixirin.

When the gingival tissue is affected, it corresponds to periodontal diseases, which can be of two types: gingivitis, when the pathology is reversible and easily treated, and periodontitis, when the pathology is irreversible and must be treated with knowledge.

Normally, the main cause of this disease is the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria are grouped in periodontal pockets and are located inside the gums, causing visible damage: color change, inflammation, discomfort, etc.

One of the most innovative treatments in dentistry corresponds to dental implants. At Gross Dentistas we are specialists in implantology and chlorhexidine is used as a preventive measure.

  • Oral surgery

When this type of rash occurs, antiseptics such as chlorhexidine are used, since more oral infections can be suffered because the tissues of the mouth take longer to heal.

  • Dental extractions

The most complex dental extractions such as those of wisdom teeth require an antiseptic to prevent the appearance of infections in the mouth.

  • Cold sores

One of the most common injuries in the oral cavity corresponds to sores. It is very common for bacteria to want to invade the sores, so the use of chlorhexidine will be a great ally to promote healing.

How is chlordixirin used?

It is important to note that chlorhexidine should only be used under medical prescription. Although there are many types of this antiseptic, the most frequently used are mouthwashes, and its effect lasts around 12 hours. Therefore, to use it correctly, it will be necessary to retain the liquid between 30 seconds and 1 minute in the mouth.

Gross Dentistas: your trusted dentistry clinic

At Gross Dentistas we use chlorhexidine on many occasions, since it serves both to eliminate infections in the mouth and to prevent possible oral pathologies.

Our highly qualified team studies and diagnoses each particular situation, and then plans what procedures to follow to optimally improve the health of your mouth.

If you are looking for a trusted dentistry clinic or want more information about chlorhexidine, contact usWe will be happy to help you!

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