Chlorhexidine gluconate is a germicidal mouthwash. It reduces bacteria in the mouth. Chlorhexidine gluconate is used to treat gingivitis (swelling, redness, and bleeding of the gums). Chlorhexidine gluconate is usually prescribed by a dentist. Chlorhexidine gluconate may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Peridex is a topical solution used to treat certain types of gingivitis. It is considered an antimicrobial treatment that helps to eliminate the growth of gingivitis in the mouth. This drug is an antimicrobial that works by destroying the bacteria known to cause gingivitis. Peridex may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your dentist, or doctor.