Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHX) is a broad - spectrum antimicrobial drug. It acts as an antiseptic and acts as a bactericidal agent against many microbe types, including bacteria, yeast, and viruses.
The goal of CHX irrigation is to flush away bacteria to decrease gingivitis development or to decrease the existing gingivitis. In patients where traditional dental plaque control is ineffective, CHX irrigation can be beneficial in killing the bacteria which causes gum disease progression. The effects of the rinse can last 8-12 hours and reduce both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria.
How CHX Works
CHX uses electrostatic forces to bind negatively charged sites on the bacterial surface which pierces the membrane structure. Eliminating the bacteria is what allows gum tissue to reattach to the scaled surface of the tooth root. CHX is best administered by a professional dentist and combined with follow up treatments and a good oral health routine at home.
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