Role of chlorhexidine in the management of dental caries

Int Dent J. 1991 Oct;41(5):279-86.


Chlorhexidine has a role in the management of patients with a high level of disease, but it is not a universal panacea for caries control. This paper reviews the antibacterial activity and mode of action of this antiseptic and presents the evidence supporting its use in caries control. Current clinical applications are suggested and the methods of application described.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chlorhexidine / pharmacology
  • Chlorhexidine / therapeutic use*
  • Dental Caries / prevention & control*
  • Humans


  • Chlorhexidine