Chlorhexidine mouthwash is a germicidal mouthwash which reduces the bacterial growth in ¬†the mouth. ¬†It is recommended by doctors for gingivitis. Despite of its benefits, it has several side ¬†effects, it can affect different individuals in different ways, some of the side effects are given below:
- Temporary taste disturbance: It¬†should be used¬†after meals for greater food appreciation. Avoid rinsing with water immediately after use for it removes the flavor-masking agent and will result in a bitter taste.
- It also causes a burning sensation on the tongue after the usage.
- These effects usually diminish with¬†continued use.
- It can make your mouth dry.
- Temporary staining of the tongue :¬†An apparent discolouration of the dorsum of the tongue may occur due to the usage.
- Occurrence¬†of stains on long term use: ¬†Chlorhexidine¬†can stain teeth, oral tissues and tooth-colored fillings brown due to certain dietary factors and these ¬†stains can be ¬†be removed only by scaling and polishing the teeth by the dentist. ¬†So chlorhexidine ¬†mouthwash should be used only up to two weeks. The intake of tea, coffee, red wine and smoking should be avoided during its usage time. ¬†Staining can be¬†largely be avoided by brushing the teeth before using the mouthwash.
- Peeling of the inside of the mouth : ¬†If you notice this, then you should dilute the mouthwash with equal amount of tap water before using it to rinse your mouth.
- It also sometimes results in swelling of the salivary glands.
- There are also other side effect like¬†occurrence¬†of ¬†white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips, formation of mouth ulcers etc. Tell your doctor if ¬†these condition persists or worsens.