Re: peridex mouth rinse
I just went in and read the side of my bottle, and it says it can cause permanent discoloration on front-tooth fillings. This would be any filling that is white instead of the standard silver, which would be used on any front or side teeth visible when you smile where you wouldn't want to see silver. These white fillings would of course absorb the rinse and darken because of the material used for these.
I was diagnosed with lichen planus last week (mouth irritation) and started using Peridex a couple of days ago. It has definitely diminished the discomfort and has helped in healing so I will continue to use it as long as I need to. I was told it could stain my teeth and that my hygeniest could polish them when I see her to remove it. As far as what color they will stain, I assume discolor simply means darken, not make them blue as you fear. And I don't know this for sure, but I would think the degree of staining would depend on the length of time you use it. I've looked at my teeth every day since I started using it, and I honestly don't see anything different but then, it may be a subtle difference that wouldn't be noticed right away. Smoking stains your teeth, and so does coffee and tea, so I don't think this is going to do much worse. But like I said, I was told my hygeniest can polish them to help remove it, and with the whitening agents that are now available for teeth, I really wouldn't worry about it too much. Your main concern right now is to get rid of the bacteria in your mouth as that can cause you some problems, and because you probably will use the Peridex just this once to help heal your gums, I don't think your teeth will be affected much. Maybe keep doing what you're doing - brushing alot - and then just have your dentist check your teeth once everything is healed and you're no longer using it.
As far as prescribing this when he doesn't yet see anything, I personally would tak his word for it as he sees a whole lot more of this than we do, and I would guess that he knows bacteria when he smells it. Many times that's the very first clue than something is wrong with our teeth or gums is bad breath. There's a whole lot of people out there who have gingivitus and don't have any symptoms other than bad breath. Next comes the bleeding gums, which then tells them that there's a problem. So yes, if he can 'smell' it, take his word for it and don't wait until he can actually see it, or you can feel it, because by then it will be harder to treat and take longer to heal.
(I do want to tell you too, don't brush right after using the Peridex as you'll only be brushing away what you need to kill the bacteria. This is why they say to do it right after breakfast and before bed so it can 'sit' on your gums without the fear of being washed or eaten away. I don't know if your dentist told you how long to wait after using it before eating again - mine didn't say and neither does the bottle - but I usually do it right after I've eaten breakfast and brushed my teeth so it stays in my gums for awhile before I eat again).
Last edited by kellie2; 01-23-2004 at 08:58 AM.