What to expect when using Peridex™ Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.12% Oral Rinse
Your dentist has prescribed Peridex™ Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.12% Oral Rinse to treat your gingivitis, to help reduce the redness and swelling of your gums, and also to help you control any gum bleeding. Use Peridex oral rinse regularly, as directed by your dentist, in addition to daily brushing. Spit out after use. Peridex oral rinse should not be swallowed.
Peridex oral rinse may cause some tooth discoloration or increase in tartar (calculus) formation, particularly in areas where stain and tartar usually form. It is important to see your dentist for removal of any stain or tartar at least every six months or more frequently if your dentist advises.
- Both stain and tartar can be removed by your dentist or hygienist. Peridex oral rinse may cause permanent discoloration of some front-tooth fillings.
- To minimize discoloration, you should brush and floss daily, emphasizing areas which begin to discolor.
- Local hypersensitivity and sometimes generalized allergic reactions have also been reported. Peridex oral rinse should not be used by persons who have a sensitivity to it or its components.
- Peridex oral rinse may taste bitter to some patients and can affect how foods and beverages taste. This will become less noticeable in most cases with continued use of Peridex oral rinse.
- To avoid taste interference, rinse with Peridex oral rinse after meals. Do not rinse with water or other mouthwashes immediately after rinsing with Peridex oral rinse.
If you have any questions or comments about Peridex oral rinse, contact your dentist or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Last reviewed on RxList: 1/28/2013
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