Published on Sat Jan 09 2021

Chlorhexidine mouthrinse as an adjunctive treatment for gingival health.

Patrice James, Helen V Worthington, Carmel Parnell, Mairead Harding, Thomas Lamont, Andrea Cheung, Helen Whelton, Philip Riley
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Abstract

Dental plaque associated gingivitis is a reversible inflammatory condition caused by accumulation and persistence of microbial biofilms (dental plaque) on the teeth. It is characterised by redness and swelling of the gingivae (gums) and a tendency for the gingivae to bleed easily. In susceptible individuals, gingivitis may lead to periodontitis and loss of the soft tissue and bony support for the tooth. It is thought that chlorhexidine mouthrinse may reduce the build-up of plaque thereby reducing gingivitis.