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How does chlorhexidine help in the treatment for gum disease?

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Chlorhexidine (marketed as the prescription-only brands Peridex, PerioChip, PerioGard, and by numerous other over-the-counter trade names) is an antimicrobial used to control plaque and gingivitis in the mouth or in periodontal pockets. The medication is available as a mouth rinse or as a gelatin-filled chip.

From: Treatments for Gum Disease WebMD Medical Reference

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American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

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American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

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