What’s In the Brown Bottle?

What is it?

  • Chlorhexidine (CHX) rinse is  a  germicidal mouthwash that reduces bacteria in the mouth and can only be prescribed by a dentist.

Why do I use it?

  • CHX is used to treat gum disease which eventually leads to loss of teeth.

How do I use it?

  • Rinse with half a capful after brushing and flossing. Swish for 30 seconds, then spit it  out. DO NOT rinse, drink, eat or brush for 30 minutes. It can leave stain on your teeth so you must be sure to brush and floss good BEFORE rinsing.
  • Use twice a day, morning and night.
  • Do not use any other mouthwash while you are using the rinse.

How long do I use it for?

  • We want you to start your CHX rinses immediately after a need has been identified.
  • You will continue your rinses for at least 1 week and most likely for one week after you have finished the initial phase of therapy.

Is the rinse really important?

  • Are your teeth important? CHX will help you keep them so yes!
  • It is  very important that you keep your 3 to 4 month continuing care appointments to insure your gum disease is under control so you can keep your teeth for life!

Any other fun facts about it?

  • If you ever visit a hospital environment and look at the active ingredient in the hand soap used, you will see chlorhexidine listed as the active ingredient.
  • The common Brand name for CHX is Peridex.