Corsodyl is a range of dental hygiene products.
~Corsodyl Dental Gel~
This gel contains an active ingredient known as chlorhexidine digluconate. The gel is designed to treat various gum problems. It can be used by those over the age of 12 and safe to use in pregnancy.
The gel itself is presented in a tube with a screw top lid. There is also an outer box. The tube offers a whole host of product information including what this gel can be used for, warnings and helpful advice.
The active ingredient in this gel has antiseptic and disinfecting agents which helps to treat or prevent gum issues. It is recommended that you rinse your mouth with water and wait 5 mins after brushing with toothpaste before using this gel. This dental gel is recommended for :
*Gum disease - use 2cm to brush the teeth twice daily for one month
*Denture sores - smear some gel over the dentures before fitting them in your mouth
*Dental surgery/tooth decay - advised by dentist
*Oral thrush and mouth ulcers - apply direct using a cotton bud or clean finger twice a day
It is important this gel isn't swallowed. Side effects are rare but include staining, taste disturbance etc. This gel shouldn't be used if you are allergic to the ingredients or experience swelling or discomfort.
Corsodyl Dental Gel is available in a 50g tube. It is available from Boots priced at £2.80.
A few months ago I left the dentist and approach the nearby Boots chemist. Having had numerous dental issues (my own fault and also down to pregnancy), I am more determined to maintain good oral hygiene now. I had intended on buying Corsodyl Daily Toothpaste and due to a miscommunication, I ended up with this dental gel. I ended up with a prescribed toothpaste during my next visit so had no need for the daily gel.
My mouth is prone to recurring mouth ulcers so anything I can use to prevent them is always a bonus. I have used this dental gel in a few different ways and find it to be a good product but I do prefer to use the Boots own Sore Mouth Gel or Anbesol for dentail pain. This gel is ideal though for keeping on top of discomfort before it errupts or gets worse.
The gel itself looks like a regular dental gel such as Bonjela - it is thick, gloopy and clear. This gel has a strong minty flavour which is identical to that of the Corsodyl mouthwash - not as pleasant as a spearmint toothpaste but not too bad. This gel is fairly easy to apply but due to the consistency, it can be a little slippy! The best way to explain the benefits from this gel is to tell you how I personally use it.
~Using The Gel and Effects~
I have a denture plate - it is quite a new one and because I haven't been used to it being so tight, I have found my gums getting rather irritated when trying to insert the plate. I put a light coating of gel around the part which makes contact with my gums and not only does this help it sit in place, my gums do not feel as tight and sore if I apply the gel.
I do not like using this to brush my teeth but have done so on a few occasions if I can feel my gums becoming tender. The gel does not foam up and I need to use my proper toothpaste beforehand as my teeth do not feel clean when using this gel but I don't think they are meant to - this is a product which protects rather than cleans. The taste when brushing this around my teeth is disgusting and I find it difficult to use it this way but it does offer relief from sore gums. A fluroid toothpaste can be used at a different time and this is what I do.
The best way to use this is to apply it direct onto sore parts in my mouth. I have found I have not had as many ulcers since using this but this may also be down to the stronger toothpaste I have been using. On the odd occasion where an ulcer has started to form, I have managed to stop it in its tracks by applying a dab of this gel. I can feel it soothing the area and protecting it to allow it to heal quickly. It nips the area a little but it doesn't numb it like the sore mouth gel I use.
Overall this is a good gel for keeping my mouth in a hygenic condition. It works well and I can assume it disinfects the nasty bugs that may try to set up home in my mouth. I don't think I would buy it again though as I much prefer the convenience of using the mouth wash and a seperate numbing gel.
I haven't experienced any major side effects. The gel does leave an awful antiseptic/minty taste which is noticeable for an hour or so and does make food and drink taste rotten. I would recommend this gel for smearing on the gums at the first signs of discomfort or for after dental work. One tube lasts for ages and my gums are in much healthier condition than this time last year.
Thanks for reading :)
*Originally posted on ciao in March 2012 x
In the past I have been advised to use (and purchased) a Colgate high fluoride toothpaste from my dentists surgery. I then started using the mouthwash they advised me to use which was the Corsodyl Mint Mouthwash. After a while of using the Colgate toothpaste I found the price kept creeping up so I looked at other options at my local supermarket and for £1.69 I found that Corsodyl made toothpaste also. I chose the Corsodyl Dental Gel to go with the Corsodyl mouthwash I use because I thought it would be better to use the same brand. I am aware it is intended for just 30 days of use at a time, so I use the other Corsodyl range products regularly aswell.
The Corsodyl Dental Gel comes in a 50gram tube and the box is predominently white with a blue shade towards the bottom edge of the box. In large lettering is the brand 'Corsodyl' and above this are the words 'Dental Gel' so the product is clear and easy to spot on the shelves. From the text on the back of the box it clearly states the Dental Gel aids the treatment and prevention of gum disease, tooth decay and the build up of plaque. Also, it is effective at promoting gum healing and managing mouth ulcers and oral thrush. The ingredients are also listed along with advice on using the Dental Gel. The active ingredient chlorhexidine is present in the product and this is an effective antiseptic and disinfectant agent which is reassuring also.
The first thing you will notice about using a Dental Gel as opposed to a toothpaste is the consistency. The problem I have had a few times is that occassionally when you start brushing your teeth the gel will stay as a blob and fall straight off my toothbrush, the consistency is generally firmer than toothpaste if this makes any sense? The Gel
Obviously there are generally a lot of claims from toothpaste/gel manufacturers about what they will help prevent and protect, but I think this Corsodyl Dental Gel works a treat for myself. I have become used to using it now on a regular basis and much prefer it to the much more expensive toothpastes available. As Corsodyl have provided my mouthwash in the past I trusted them with my toothpastes also, but you may not appreciate the different consistency to regular toothpaste, which in my opinion loses it one star. The packaging also recommends you only use this product for 30 days at a time, as it is intended mainly for use after dental surgery and for people with gum problems so I rotate its use with other Corsodyl toothpastes.
I have only recently discovered Corsodyl dental gel and up until a couple of months ago had no idea it even existed. I have had trouble with my gums for years and they have receded and every few months they stat bleeding and I need to take course of corsodyl mouth wash to get it under control.
It was actually a friend of mine who recommended the gel as she knew the troubles that I have with my gums and she assured me the gel had done wonders for her so I bought it in combination with the mouth wash.
It can easily be bought from boots or any most chemists and comes in a 50g tube and costs in the region of £3.50.
The gel is thick and clear coloured and for gum disease which was my problem you are supposed to brush your teeth for approx one minute once or twice a day. It can take up to a month to see results but I started noticing a difference in about one week.
The active ingredient is hlorhexidine digluconate at a 1% concentration. It is antibacterial and stops plaque from forming over the teeth and gums.
Now the tase of the gel is absolutely vile and can be tasted long after you have finished brushing your teeth BUT it is much better than the mouth wash as it doesn't also coat your tongue with the horrible flavour. I found that I much prefeed using the gel to the mouth wash for this reason and I wasn't so inclined to skip a treatment because I knew it was going to leave a horrible taste in my mouth.
As I said I noticed a vast improvement in about a week after starting the gel but I did notice the bleeding significantly reduced after the first couple of brushes. Although I was still bleeding for about a week it was only in very small amounts compared to before. After the month of using this and the mouth wash (though I did use that much less than I should have) my gums looked better than they had looked for years.
The gel is not only for gum disease though and can also be used for mouth ulcers/oral thrush and also for those people who wear dentures and are giving them pain.
Using it for these things is different than for gum disease and you don't need to use it to brush your teeth and instead you just use your fingers to apply it to the effected areas.
Corsodyl dental gel needs to be bought over the counter and you can't just pick it up on the shelves so if you feel you need it then ask the pharmacist.
Most people can use it safetly as long as they are over the age of 12 or not allergic to hlorhexidine digluconate.
Just like the mouth wash toothpaste wil stop the gel from working so it is recommended that you wait at least 5 minutes after brushing but I prefer not to take the risk and use it at a completely different time instead.
I would highly recommend Corsodyl dental gel. It is just as effective as the mouth wash but without the burning sensation that that can cause. Yes the flavour is still disgusting but in a much more mild way.
My gums have never looked better than they do at the minute and I plan on using this again at the slightest hint of a bleeding gum.
I began experiencing severe problems with my gums during the latter stages of my pregnancy.
Gum were inflamed, bleeding heavily when brushed - not just a staining of the toothbrush but continuous bleeding for 2-3 minutes after brushing. On further investigation, to my alarm, I could lift my the edge of my gums with the toothbrush.
I found the whole situation quite depressing. My midwife declared with a beam on her face (obviously not a sufferer herself!!) that most women lose one tooth per pregnancy, whilst my dentist put it down to 'hormones' and being increasingly susceptible to bacteria. He advised increased brushing and flossing in order to ensure all bacteria was removed.
This was easier said than done as the lifting of the gums became exacerbated with the use of inter dental brushes.
I then remembered that whilst supporting a child with disabilities some time ago, I assisted her with the use of Corsodyl dental gel (impossible to ensure fully clean teeth daily due to the nature of disabilities - therefore Corsodly used as a precautionary measure).
I thought it was worth a try and went to the only open chemist at Asda. After speaking to the chemist, the assistant refused to sell me the product due to my pregnancy and advised that I go to the local walk in centre and medical advice and a prescription. As it was kept behind the counter I was unable to read the directions for myself.
On returning home and checking the internet, I found this was definitely not the case - Corsodly CAN be used in pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is clearly labelled on the back of the product, in fact it has a large tick next to text!!
As stated previously, the gel can be purchased over the counter at the chemist. At Boots, the cost for a 50g tube is £3.56. It is sold in a cardboard box, the tube inside requires piercing to open - releasing a thick clear gel, not unlike toothpaste.
The gel is used in different ways depending on the symptoms to be treated.
For use in gum disease, teeth should be brushed for at least one minute once or twice daily using 2cm of gel (for approximately one month).
For those with mouth ulcers or oral thrush, gel needs to be applied to the sore areas using a cotton bud or clean fingertip for at least one minute once/twice a day. The gel must be used for a further two days after symptoms have been eradicated.
In order to ease a denture sore mouth, gel should be smeared lightly over the fitting surfaces of the dentures before insertion (after soaking the dentures in Corsodyl mouthwash for 15 minutes twice daily).
In all cases - toothpaste can STOP Corsodyl from working. The mouth must be rinsed thoroughly with water after brushing and five minutes allowed to elapse before applying the gel.
The active ingredient in the product is chlorhexidine digluconate 1%. This is an antibacterial agent that reduces the formation of dental plaque.
It should not be used by children under the age of 12 unless directed by a dentist but can be used by pregnant women as previously stated.
There are some common side effects -temporary staining of the tongue and teeth. Any other side effects such as irritation, soreness, difficulty breathing etc, discontinue use and seek medical advice.
The type of gum disease I experienced, prevented me from brushing my gum with the gel, I therefore applied with my fingertip. The gel has an unusual taste, not particularly minty. It isn't the best tasting but certainly not the worst. I did find that I would wake during the night with the taste still in my mouth and would then rinse my mouth with a sip of water.
I was able to notice a difference in the appearance of my gums within a couple of days, the inflammation being the first symptoms to subside. The bleeding then became less severe, I did not disappear totally but after approximately one week was at a more manageable level.
Thankfully, the lifting of the gums is no longer a problem, this was such a relief.
As Corsodyl was the only change I made with regard to my dental hygiene, I am convinced the gel works!
I now use the gel and mouthwash regularly and receive a prescription from my GP.
I would recommend its use for anyone experiencing similar problems, however if in doubt, please seek advice from your dentist/GP.
Treat and prevent gum disease (gums may bleed when brushed) Maintain mouth hygiene Promote healing after dental surgery or treatment Control recurring mouth ulcers Manage denture sore mouth and recurring oral thrush Prevent cavities for those at high risk of tooth decay. - Treats gum problems