- Chlorhexidine digluconate has a dual action:
It is an antibacterial ingredient that attacks and helps to kill the plaque bacteria that can cause your gum irritation
- It creates a protective layer over your teeth and gums for up to 12 hours, thus helping to prevent any new plaque forming
- With its convenient and easy to use format, the mouthwash is also particularly useful when more than one area in the mouth needs attention
- It is available in Mint or Original (Aniseed) flavours
- There is also an alcohol free variant
- As well as being used to treat and prevent gum disease, Corsodyl is used for the following conditions:
Denture sore mouth
Promote gum healing after dental surgery or treatment
Maintain mouth hygiene
Because of the way chlorhexidine forms a protective layer across the teeth and gums to help prevent new plaque from forming, some temporary discolouration can occur on the teeth and tongue
- In the majority of cases this can be removed by brushing, and will disappear once the treatment has stopped
- Discolouration usually occurs when certain foods and drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine are consumed within an hour of using the mouthwash
- Other sources such as beer and cigarettes cause staining but are not associated with chlorhexidine digluconate in Corsodyl
- Below is a table of things to avoid, and some alternatives, during usage to help minimise any discolouration
- Stain Producing Products Alternatives
Tea/Coffee Herbal/Fruit Tea
Cola Drinks Lemonade/Fruit Juices
Red Wine White Wine/Light coloured spirits
Beer White Wine/Light coloured spirits
Cigarettes Cut back as much as possible
If the tooth discolouration remains, this can be removed by a simple scale and polish from your dentist or hygienist
After brushing in the morning and evening, rinse your mouth out thoroughly with water. Follow this by rinsing the mouth with 10ml of mouthwash for about one minute.
Do not use in children under 12 years unless recommended by a dentist.
Corsodyl can be used for up to 30 days, depending on the severity of your condition.
For the early signs of gum disease (e.g. bleeding/swollen gums), in combination with regular flossing and brushing, a 5-7 day course of Corsodyl can help kick-start recovery.
If you are unsure of how long to use it for, please consult your dentist or pharmacist.
Mouth ulcers and oral thrush
Continue to use for 2 days after healing has occurred.
Denture sore mouth
Dentures should also be cleaned and soaked in the mouthwash for 15 minutes twice daily.
Dental surgery or treatment
Rinse as directed by your dentist.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, otherwise known as gingivitis, is caused by plaque bacteria. When the plaque deposits form on tooth surfaces and remain there for long periods, they can cause irritation and infection in the gum margin. This infection causes the gums to weaken and bleed easily when you floss, brush your teeth or bite into hard foods. There is usually little or no pain; because of this many people ignore the early warning signs. A healthy gum should not bleed at all, much like any other part of your body.
If left untreated the infection, know as gingivitis, is likely to worsen. In severe cases it can cause the gums to recede and become so weak that they can no longer hold your teeth firmly in place. This is known as periodontitis. At this stage the condition is irreversible, and will eventually lead to tooth loss.
Once gums have receded they are unlikely to grow back, so it’s vitally important to look after them, especially if you are noticing any of the warning signs mentioned. By regularly removing plaque deposits through flossing, brushing, and regular trips to the dentist for a scale and polish, you can maintain healthy teeth and gums for life. What better reason for you to start taking an interest in the health of your gums from today!
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