Perio Aid with chlorhexidine

Chlorhexidine - oral hygiene with antibacterial effect

Various bacteria and germs are involved in caries, periodontitis and other inflammatory processes in the oral cavity. Even careful dental care cannot completely prevent or stop harmful processes. With antibacterial and antiseptic effects, chlorhexidine is ideal for complementary care to reduce damage and inflammation. With a rinse, the active ingredient also reaches hard-to-reach areas that cannot be reached with a toothbrush.

Efficacy and areas of application

Chlorhexidine, abbreviated to CHX, is characterized by good adhesion: the active ingredient remains on the teeth and oral mucosa for some time after one application and can thus develop optimal effectiveness. This affects a wide range of bacteria and fungi. It is also effective against the "Streptococcus mutans" bacterium, which is considered to be the main cause of tooth decay. In the case of a viral infection in the mouth, however, there are limits. The active ingredient is used preventively, for acute problems and before and after various treatments.

These include

  • Gum inflammation (gingivitis, periodontitis)
  • Inflammation and small wounds in the mouth
  • Halitosis caused by bacterial activity
  • before and after orthodontic surgery, tooth cleaning, tooth restoration, dentures
  • preventive treatment to support oral hygiene

Different dosage forms

Chlorhexidine is available in several dosage forms, tailored to the areas of application. You get the active ingredient CHX as a gel, solution or conditioner. A gel is suitable for applying directly to inflamed areas. A rinse such as Perio-Aid Active Control, on the other hand, spreads throughout the mouth to develop its effect. During or after a treatment, the dentist can also insert an agent into sensitive, hard-to-reach areas such as gum pockets or apply a varnish to the tooth surface.

Advantages and possible side effects

In addition to the excellent adhesion for an optimal development of the effect, such a remedy has the advantage that it is not absorbed by the body. It remains on the oral mucosa and thus acts on the spot where it is needed. If you accidentally swallow part of the rinse, the body excretes the chlorhexidine completely. Possible side effects include discoloration of the teeth and tongue after prolonged use, but these are reversible and go away without damage. The consumption of coffee, tea, red wine or nicotine during the application period as well as insufficient brushing promotes discoloration. If you notice rare but possible other side effects such as irritation of the mucous membranes, taste disorders or gum problems, discuss how to proceed with your dentist.

Notes on the application

Use an agent such as Perio Aid with alcohol-free chlorhexidine and enjoy a pleasantly fresh aroma. It is best to use a specially formulated toothpaste such as Perio-Aid Intensive Care tooth gel while using a chlorhexidine mouthwash. Any anionic substances in another toothpaste will inhibit its effectiveness. After using the conditioner, just spit it out. The active ingredients can now do their job in the oral cavity. Otherwise, follow the instructions on the package insert to optimize the desired effect and reduce unwanted side effects.