A Tale of Two Antiseptics

When dentists prescribe mouthwash for gum disease, two active ingredients often come to mind: chlorhexidine and hexetidine. While the efficacy of mouthwash, in general, in fighting periodontitis is still the subject of scientific debate, the National Health Service has pointed out these antiseptics for this specific purpose.

Antiseptic mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine usually come in the form of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG). Chlorhexidine, in itself, is often used by doctors as a powerful sanitizer for their hands prior to an operation or as an effective disinfectant for the area for surgery or injection. The addition of gluconic acid helps impart a sweet taste and slight hint of acidity. Continue reading