When more than tooth brushing is needed: Intensive oral hygiene with CHX
You know from experience that meticulous oral hygiene is required to ensure the success of professional treatment measures. In many cases, simply cleaning the teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste is not enough. The additional use of a mouthrinse or an oral care gel containing chlorhexidine (CHX) is indicated. Read on to find out more.
CHX is the gold standard
In many situations, it is advisable to use products containing CHX in addition to tooth brushing with toothpaste: for example, in individuals with
- mucositis or
- denture stomatitis.
CHX is regarded as the gold standard in anti-plaque agents. It has been successfully used for decades. How does it work? The positively charged CHX attaches itself to negatively charged sites, for example:
- dental hard tissue,
- soft tissue,
- biofilm or
- the cell walls of microorganisms.
As a result, it remains in the oral cavity long after it has been applied.
CHX is used to restore the ecological balance of the oral microflora and promote the good health of the oral cavity. For this purpose, it has to be applied meticulously. It is available in the form of a mouthrinse or oral care gel to suit the different needs and requirements of the users.
Are you aware of the informative brochures for patients on this topic?
Unfortunately, many CHX preparations have certain drawbacks, which include
- an unpleasant taste or aftertaste;
- general impairment of the sense of taste;
- possible discolouration of the natural tooth structure as well as of restorations and the tongue.
Tip: Increase user compliance
Therefore, it is often necessary to motivate people to use oral care products. This is best done by recommending a mild-tasting preparation that is not likely to stain the teeth. This type of product generally contains a lower concentration of CHX in combination with suitable additives. Various studies show that mouthrinses containing 0.1% CHX and oral care gels containing 0.2% CHX have a beneficial effect on oral health.
Conclusion: Highly concentrated products with unpleasant side effects are not always the solution.
The mouth is rinsed with 10 – 15 ml mouthrinse.
A mild-tasting mouthrinse increases user compliance.
The oral care gel is precisely applied on the interdental brush with the help of the convenient dispensing tip.
Due to the smooth consistency of Cervitec Gel, the product is easy to spread on the surfaces of complex structural elements
(Photo: Dr F. Zimmerling)
Cervitec® is a registered trademark of Ivoclar Vivadent AG. The availability of certain products may vary from country to country.