MTW NHS Trust West Kent CCG

Drug Status Key

  • Preferred
  • Second Line
  • Third Line
  • Specialist Initiation
  • Hospital Only
  • Not Approved for Formulary

Mouthwashes and gargles

 December 2014: Chlorhexidine: reminder of potential for hypersensitivity

 December 2014: Chlorhexidine solutions: reminder of the risk of chemical burns in premature infants

Superficial infections of the mouth are often helped by warm mouthwashes. A warm saline mouthwash is ideal, dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.

Chlorhexidine has a specific effect in inhibiting the formation of plaque on teeth. A chlorhexidine mouthwash may be useful as an adjunct to other hygiene measures for oral infection of when toothbrushing is not possible.

Hydrogen peroxide has a mechanical cleansing effect from frothing when in contact with oral debris.