Superpowers of Chlorhexidine

The Grime Fighter’s Secret Weapon

Fight bacteria with the antimicrobial powers of chlorhexidine

You probably know chlorhexidine as the active ingredient in mouthwashes and oral rinses. It’s approved by the FDA and the ADA for control of plaque and gingivitis, and studies have reported plaque and gingivitis reductions averaging 60%. In addition to its use in oral rinses, did you know that chlorhexidine gluconate is a powerful disinfectant and preservative? Here’s an overview of this safe, effective, and versatile “superchemical.”

Chlorhexidine is a broad-spectrum biocide effective against Gram-positive bacteria, Gram-negative bacteria and fungi. Depending on its concentration, the molecule can kill bacteria as well as inhibit bacterial growth, providing a residual effect. Chlorhexidine inactivates microorganisms with a broader spectrum than other antimicrobials (e.g., antibiotics) and has a quicker kill rate than other antimicrobials (e.g., povidone-iodine) — killing nearly 100% of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria within 30 seconds after application. And, with its low toxicity level, chlorhexidine is a safe treatment option that produces little side effects.

Chlorhexidine has been used in more than 60 different pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Its wide application is due to its broad-spectrum efficacy, safety profile and substantivity on the skin with low irritation. Chlorhexidine is widely used as a disinfectant in a range of healthcare products, including:

  • Oral rinses, toothpastes and varnishes
  • Hard surface disinfectants
  • Dental unit waterline disinfectants
  • Evacuation system cleaners
  • Endodontic irrigation solutions
  • Hand sanitizers and lotions
  • Hand washing solutions
  • Wound and burn care products
  • Central venous catheters and needleless IV connectors

Chlorhexidine has become the gold standard in dentistry due to its ability to adhere to soft and hard tissue and maintain a potent sustained release. In oral applications, chlorhexidine binds to the mouth tissue, oral mucosa and teeth. It is then released over time to kill bacteria and fungi. This helps to reduce the bacterial count and prevents dental plaque. In hard surface applications, products with chlorhexidine in combination with alcohol have been shown to be more effective than alcohol alone. Chlorhexidine has also been applied to medical devices such as dental implants, vascular catheters, needleless connectors and antimicrobial dressings.

Try the amazing bactericidal, virucidal, and fungicidal properties of chlorhexidine for yourself! PureLife carries a wide range of safe and effective products containing chlorhexidine, including BioSURF Surface DisinfectantBioVAC Evacuation System Cleaneroral rinses and endodontic solutions.