Many times we send a patient home with a Rx grade mouthrinse and then we get a whole bunch of questions about when to use and not use and how much, etc. The bottle has some instructions but I have put together our own version to better match what we are telling our patients when they leave our office. See what we are saying about using your Peridex or Chlorhexidine rinse at home following your deep or professional teeth cleaning.
Prescription Grade Mouthrinse Instructions following your professional teeth cleaning:
Following your professional teeth cleaning you will need to continue to decontaminate under the gums. At home this is best done with a prescription grade mouthrinse called Chlorhexidine Gluconate (also termed Peridex, Periogard), This is a potent anti-microbial that has been proven to be efficacious in warding off the bacterium responsible for gingivitis and periodontitis (gum disease). Our recommended use is as follows:
Following your professional cleanings (not just the deep cleaning but all your maintenance cleanings as well) use a teaspoon of the rinse in the morning and a teaspoon at night. Swish around in the mouth for approx 30 seconds and spit out. Do not swallow. Do not rinse with any additional water. Use as directed for two weeks. Then stop.
Continue maintenance doses on the weekends only to keep bacterial counts low.
Call our office for refill bottles as this is Doctor dispensed.