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CORSODYL. (This is known within the profession as the "Gold Standard" product for gingival treatments)
This product is brilliant. It is based on chlorhexidene which at the concentration it is used in this product range "kills" a wide range of the bugs that make us ill. However it does not kill everything in the sense of some broad spectrum antibiotics killing the bacteria totally. It leaves us with some remaining bacteria and our bodies can usually sort these out.
Another difference it has to antibiotics is that we use it locally to the infection so that the friendly bacteria elsewhere in our bodies are not damaged.
It is designed for surface use and is used either as a mouthwash or as a gel that can be applied with a finger or toothbrush. There is a corsodyl toothpaste that can confuse matters.......please make sure you get the gel.
It should not be equated with other mouthwashes that may be far less effective. See Listerine
Mouthwashes rarely make it clear that they can be partially or totally inhibited by toothpaste.
If possible, use any mouthwash at least an hour before or after the use of toothpaste.
Mouthwashes are imprecise tools. Very often where you want their primary action is relatively inaccessible to a simple solution washing over the area. For this reason, Corsodyl mouthwash is fine for a surface trauma like a burn, ulcer or surface infection in the mouth.
If I want to specifically direct the action of Corsodyl, I would recommend using the gel form. It can be applied directly to an area with a clean finger, small toothbrush or interdental brush. This is ideal when treating localised gum disease or perhaps the inflamed gum around a wisdom tooth.
Corsodyl gel has the same problem with toothpaste as the mouthwashes, it is inhibited.
Use it at a different time to tooth brushing, preferably last thing at night.
Corsodyl stains teeth in much the same way that tea, coffee and red wine do.
It only stains the bits you do not clean and it is a great guide to where your brushing technique lets you down.
If you have any stain, we can remove it.
In my opinion you are using it for a health reason and this staining is a very minor side effect.
CORSODYL GEL WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON PHARMACY OR SUPERMARKET SHELVES. YOU NEED TO ASK AT THE PHARMACY COUNTER. IT IS AVAILABLE WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION AT A USUAL CHARGE OF UNDER £5:00