Peridex is a medical mouthwash made up of an antiseptic and germicide drug called chlorhexidine gluconate. We carry both the brand choice and generic alternative of this medication, which contains 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate!
Peridex is prescribed typically by your dentist to treat gingivitis. Gingivitis is a mild gum disease which can be considered a bacterial infection. This condition occurs when there is a buildup of plague (a sticky film) on your teeth and gums. Bacteria can be found inside of this plaque which causes irritation on the gums. If you leave this mild gingivitis untreated, it can progress into a more serious form called periodontitis, which can lead to even more complications and result in loosing teeth.
Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) is effective at treating gingivitis because it is able to decrease the amount of bacteria in the mouth, which helps to reduce the swelling and redness of the gum and bleeding when your brush.
Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Instructions can usually also be found on the prescription or prescription bottle/container.
You should use Peridex twice a day; after brushing your teeth. Ensure you measure the dose using the cup provided with the medication. Swish the medicine around in your mouth for at least 30 seconds, and then spit it out. Do not swallow the mouthwash.
Do not dilute the mouthwash with water. Avoid rinsing your mouth with water after using the medical mouthwash; it may be tempting to rinse your mouth due to a unpleasant after taste.
Use the mouthwash for the entire prescribed length, even if you feel the gingivitis has cleared up. Symptoms may clear up before the gingivitis is gone.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Do not use Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate)
This product contains chlorhexidine gluconate and therefore should not be used by anyone who is allergic to it or any other ingredients found in Peridex.
Peridex should not be given to a child or teenager unless suggested to by a doctor, otherwise, this medication is not approved for anyone under the age of 18 as it may cause severe irritation or chemical burns in young children.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
You may need special treatments when using Peridex if you have periodontal disease.
It is not known if this drug will harm an unborn baby or if it will pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before using this medication if you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant, or are a breast feeding mother.
Common side effects of Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) may include:mouth irritation; tooth staining; dry mouth; unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth; or decreased taste sensation.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) may include:white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips; mouth ulcers; or swelling of your salivary glands (underneath your jaws).
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
allergic reaction: sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose (allergic rhinitis), itchy, red, or watering eyes (conjunctivitis), wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough, a raised itchy, red rash (hives) or swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face.
What will help this medication treat my gingivitis?
To help this medication treat your gingivitis, you should attempt to floss at least once a day, get regular dental cleanings, quit smoking (if you smoke), brush your teeth twice a day, and use fluoride toothpaste.
How long until I start seeing improvement?
It may take up to 6 weeks before you see the full benefit of this medication.
Is this product safe for children?
This medication is not approved for those under 18, however, a doctor may allow an adolescent to use this medication but only under a doctor’s approval should a person under 18 use this medication.
How should I store this medication?
Store this medication at room temperature in a low risk area of moisture and heat. Keep out of reach of children and pets.