Acta Scientific Dental Sciences (ASDS)(ISSN: 2581-4893)

Review Article Volume 5 Issue 11

Chlorhexidine in Dentistry - Five Decades and Continuing - Where are we Now?

Dr. Krishna Madhukumaran Pillai Sreekaladevi MDS1, Valliammai Rajendran MDS2*, Dr. Veenadevi Thonthula BDS3, Jennifer Joseph Antony MDS4 and Dr. Shreya Kothari BDS MPH 5

1Ex-Post Graduate, Department of oral medicine and maxillofacial radiology, KVG dental college and hospital, Sulliya
2Ex-post Graduate, Department of Periodontology, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, Karnataka, India
3313 orchards Boulevard SW, Edmonton AB T6X1Y9, Canada
4Periodontist, 5/14 Mcilwraith Street, Everton Park QLD 4053, Australia
5Atlanta, Georgia, USA

*Corresponding Author: Valliammai Rajendran, Ex-post Graduate, Department of Periodontology, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, Karnataka, India.

Received: October 05, 2021; Published: October 26, 2021



Chlorhexidine(CHX) has a wide variety of uses in the management of oral diseases. It is a cationic bisbiguanide with broad antibacterial activity, and a wide spectrum of activity encompassing gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, yeasts, dermatophytes, and viruses (enveloped). CHX is a commonly used antiseptic mouthwash due to its antimicrobial effects. It is commonly preferred among dentists. The clinical effect of CHX is likely due to both its substantive and antibacterial properties. Search terms were entered into MEDLINE, PubMed, Google Scholar, and the Cochrane database to find evidence about CHX use in the oral cavity. It plays a key role in dentistry and is used to treat or prevent periodontal disease, and has earned its eponym of the gold standard. The aim of this article was to provide a detailed review of the current uses of CHX in dentistry in terms of the management of oral diseases, highlighting the need for further studies to support its safe and appropriate use.

Keywords: Chlorhexidine; Mouthwash; Oral Hygiene



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Citation: Valliammai Rajendran., et al. “Chlorhexidine in Dentistry - Five Decades and Continuing - Where are we Now?”. Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 5.11 (2021):79-85.


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