Peridex

(chlorhexidine)

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Treats gingivitis.

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Peridex (chlorhexidine) is an antibacterial mouth rinse that treats gingivitis, but you'll need a prescription to use it.

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Quick facts about Peridex
  • Drug class: infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (chlorhexidine)

Upsides

  • Peridex (chlorhexidine) works great at controlling gingivitis.
  • For people who are not able to brush their teeth due to physical or mental handicaps, this medication is an effective way to maintain good oral hygiene.
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Downsides

  • You need a prescription to use Peridex (chlorhexidine).
  • It is not for children less than 18 years old.
  • It can stain your teeth, dental fillings, and your tongue. While most stains can be removed by your dentist, some might not and can become permanent.
  • Peridex (chlorhexidine) can sometimes change how you taste things while you are using it. Very rarely, this change in taste can last even after you stop using it.
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How it works

Peridex (chlorhexidine) is an antibacterial. It kills bacteria in the mouth by damaging their protective coverings so they can't survive.

Quick facts about Peridex
  • Drug class: infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (chlorhexidine)

Used for

  • Gingivitis

Dosage forms

  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Peridex (chlorhexidine) for Gingivitis

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  • Possible side effects
  • Staining of teeth and tongue
  • Plaque build-up
  • Changes in taste
  • Allergic reaction
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Side effect rates for Peridex (chlorhexidine)

Risks and Warnings for Peridex (chlorhexidine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Plaque build-up
    • Dental fillings with rough edges and surfaces

    Peridex (chlorhexidine) can stain your teeth, dental fillings, and your tongue. The stains are harmless and usually form where there is a lot of plaque. The stains either go away by themselves or they can be removed by your dentist. Sometimes, the stains are hard to remove and become permanent. Make sure to brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist regularly for cleanings.