What is Corsodyl?
Corsodyl products can be used to disinfect the mouth and maintain oral hygiene. The active ingredient chlorhexidine is active against various bacteria in the mouth and on the teeth. Corsodyl prevents infections and promotes wound healing. Corsodyl also prevents tooth decay and mouth infections. It can therefore be used as an aid to oral hygiene, particularly in instances where tooth brushing is a problem.
What are Corsodyl products used for?
Corsodyl kills no less than 97% of bacteria in the mouth. Dentists and dental surgeons often recommend disinfecting the mouth with Corsodyl after dental surgery, for example after tooth extractions or flap surgery. The action of rinsing the mouth with Corsodyl mouthwash helps the wound to heal faster and prevents infections. Corsodyl mouthwash has also been shown to prevent the formation and build-up of plaque on teeth, which helps protect against cavities when toothbrushing is not possible. In addition, Corsodyl can be used for mouth ulcers and other sore areas or infections in the mouth.
How to use Corsodyl
Corsodyl is available in the following formulations:
- Corsodyl mouthwash: disinfects the mouth. Should be used after toothbrushing or instead of toothbrushing. Rinse the mouth twice a day with 10 ml of mouthwash for one minute or as directed by your doctor or dentist. Do not swallow or rinse the mouth with water after use. Wait at least 15 minutes before eating or drinking. Do not use Corsodyl mouthwash for more than three weeks without consulting a doctor or dentist.
- Corsodyl mouth spray: effective for treating specific areas in the mouth. Apply up to 12 sprays to the area(s) to be treated (e.g. surfaces of the teeth, gums, ulcers or other sore areas) twice daily after toothbrushing.
- Corsodyl dental gel: very effective for treating gum infections. The gel is incompatible with certain ingredients of conventional toothpastes. For this reason, after using toothpaste to brush your teeth, you should wait at least 15 minutes before using Corsodyl dental gel. Brush your teeth with the dental gel twice daily for 15 days or as directed by your doctor or dentist.
Avoid getting Corsodyl gel in contact with the eyes. If you accidentally get it in your eyes, rinse them immediately with plenty of water. Read the package leaflet before use.
Corsodyl oral healthcare products may cause non-permanent brown staining of the teeth or tongue. Coloured liquids such as red wine, coffee and tea may make this worse. In most cases, the discolouration will disappear when use is discontinued. Other potential temporary side effects include a burning sensation on the tongue, dry mouth and temporary taste disturbance.
When not to use Corsodyl products
Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Corsodyl oral healthcare products. For a list of ingredients, please consult the package leaflet or package. Corsodyl is not suitable for use in young children.
Corsodyl should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first. Corsodyl does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.