Dental fun

Chlorhexidine. Also known as N,N’-hexane-1,6-diylbis[N-(4-chlorophenyl)(imidodicarbonimidic diamide)]. Chemical antiseptic. Bactericidal to both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, as well as having bacteriostatic action. It also tastes bloody awful.

Unfortunately, I have a dental cavity and couldn’t get a dentist’s appointment until tomorrow morning. This means that mouthwash is necessary to keep this tooth clean until I can get it looked at. Mouthwash, brushing and eating very carefully.

Still, maybe next time I’ll buy a slightly less vile tasting mouthwash. Amusingly, a lot of mouthwashes are actually sweetened with sucralose

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4 Responses to Dental fun

  1. invaderxan says:

    Oh hush. :P
    It’s interesting that the stuff has so many uses. I knew it was also potentially antiviral (at least against enveloped viruses), but anti-fungal too? Makes me feel slightly perturbed about putting it in my mouth, actually…

  2. invaderxan says:

    Dentistry, alas, is a necessary evil…

  3. *Insert some bad joke about English teeth* ;)
    Anyway, chlorohexidine is commonly used as a cleaner in vet clinics and is used in various lotions/shampoos for the treatment of fungal and bacteria skin infections. If my memory serves me, it can be used to help treat ringworm.

  4. I think I may have had to use something similar after I got my wisdom teeth out a few weeks ago.

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