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Peridex prescription mouthwash


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Disclaimer:  I KNOW I've been stupid by using someone else's prescription mouthwash, but I know it's used to treat gingivitis and I know I have gingivitis.  I also know that I have no health insurance, so I CAN'T GO SEE A DOCTOR

So I've used the stuff three times.  Once yesterday night, once this morning, and once about an hour ago.  Last night, my tongue got numb, but I thought it was related to the not-so-great-for-my-diet popcorn I ate.  Tonight, while flossing, I noticed that my tongue was coated.  I thought that was odd, but I have allergies and was outside a LOT today, working in the yard and such.  Anyway, now my tongue is numb again.  Obviously I'm discontinuing it. 

What I want to know is has anyone else used this stuff?  Had this reaction?  How long did it take for the numbness to go away?  I googled it, and it seems a pretty common reaction, but in the prescription info this is listed as a "severe reaction."  Most people indicated that the feeling did come back when they discontinued use.  Some felt the benefits of the Peridex outweighed having feeling in the tongue or taste.  I don't feel that way.  I'm done with it.  Thanks for reading this long, long nonsense. 

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i haven't had anything like that before, but instead of going to the doctor, why don't you just go to the chemist and ask what they have off the shelf that will help with your gum problem..

i don't want to seem rude but you really should go to the doctor because gingivitis is a disease, and at the end of the day you do have to get it checked out or it will get worse..

just dont want it to get worse thats all :)

 

Nashaally, I'd be at a doctor and a dentist if I could afford it.  Unfortunately I cannot, so there's just no way.  I will call the pharmacist, though (I doubt they're open now, but I can do that first thing in the AM).

Edit:  I hope that didn't come out sounding harsh.  It's just that I'm more than a little stressed out about finances.  I mean... I'm not going to be able to pay next month's rent, so it's not so much a case of being able to rearrange my finances to find the spare $250 for an office visit. 

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Totally understandable. Not everyone has the luxury. Definitely just go to a local pharmacy (rather than the pharmacy part of a store such as Duane Reade/Shop Rite/etc) and ask them about your symptoms.

How numb is 'numb'? How long did it STAY that way after you used the mouthwash? I've got some chlorohexide mouthwash the dentist sold me that I think is probably the same thing. It makes my tongue tingle for about an hour, tastes absolutely vile, and changes the taste of my food for a couple of hours after I use it so that everything tastes bitter (and I HATE bitterness!) When I asked the dentist about those effects she said they were perfectly normal and expected and they'd go away when I stopped using the mouthwash. My bottle says to use it twice a day and NO MORE, and not to eat or drink anything after you use it. I used it for a week after my teeth were deep-cleaned and then put it away in the cupboard in case I needed it again, and I used it the other night so I have a fresh reminder of how unpleasant it is. I know how you feel - I can't afford to go to the dentist right now, so I'm lucky I still have the mouthwash to use!

Original Post by nashaally:

i haven't had anything like that before, but instead of going to the doctor, why don't you just go to the chemist and ask what they have off the shelf that will help with your gum problem..

i don't want to seem rude but you really should go to the doctor because gingivitis is a disease, and at the end of the day you do have to get it checked out or it will get worse..

just dont want it to get worse thats all :)

 

 Just curious here.  Where does one find a chemist to go visit? Wink

Chemist is Brit-speak for pharmacist.  :o)

By the way, thanks to all of you for putting my mind at ease.  I have feeling back this morning and I'm NEVER using that stuff again, EVER. 

Sarahbluebelle,

Here is a good website with a couple home remedies.  http://tipnut.com/gingivitis-home-treatments- tips/    To prevent gingivitis you don't need a dentist. Mostly he is there to help you prevent it by getting on your back when he spots it. It is really up to you and how you care for your teeth and gums. Flossing is super important as well as regular brushing. Not hard just thorough enough that you are not feeling anything with your tongue along the gumline.

Use a floss you can be comfortable with (there are a bunch) and USE it everyday (yeah like who wants to do that) I personally don't like electric toothbrushes and find I do a better job with a simple soft toothbrush at a 45degrees angle to the gumline in little circles. I also have a water pulsing thing which when I use it makes everything feel cleaner.

Thanks for the link!  I'm actually super-anal about oral hygiene.  I brush/floss/rinse 2-3 times a day, but my family history is... appalling.  Let's just say that if my teeth last me to 50, I'll be the first person in my family who can claim that.  My grandparents both lost all their teeth before they were 30 (good brushing habits, but this was before floride treatments), and my parents have both had a LOT of work done.  I don't know what my dad does, but I know my mom does the brush/floss/rinse 2-3 times a day, also. 

It's a little distressing that people automatically assume I'm dirty.  I swear I'm not.

The last dentist I worked for in Germany ws really big on telling his patients to chew gum with Xylitol. In Germany there were several brands. Here in the US I think you might be able to get it in Trident- not sure. The point was that Xylitol helps your body assimilate calcium and works BETTER than flouride to build up the enamel. If you have a family history of soft enamel this could help you.. Oh Xylitol can be found in granule form in health food stores to be used like sugar. It is natural a bit less sweet than sugar but has the same taste. You can even bake with it. Not poisonous like the artificial sweeteners. Great for diabetics.

Dirty isn't where I would have gone with the flossing bit but maybe you just need coaching in proper technique. My dad was in WWII and by the time he was discharged he had dentures- he had so many teeth pulled (dentistry was VERY different in those days). He was only in his 20's. My mom's teeth had tons of crowding which makes cleaning difficult. Together they produced 7 kids all with so-so teeth. I am not calling the kettle black believe me!

Cavities are one thing and that is to do with the enamel. Gingivitis has to do with food getting trapped between the gums and teeth and causing inflammation and swelling which pulls the gums back from the teeth creating bigger gaps and more food traps. Wow it just gets to the point where inflammation causes bone loss and loose teeth and loss of teeth.

Good luck with getting everything back into great shape

Thanks.  After I chucked the peridex, I got Act, which seems to be working very nicely.  I only have one spot that bleeds, and it's almost gone.  I found a better floss, and I think that helped, too.  I'm going to look for Xylitol--We have a lot of diabetics, and I think it'd be a handy thing to have on multiple fronts.  Thanks!

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