Brushing one's teeth with Hibiclens (chlorhexedine)

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Since 1983 I have brushed my teeth with chlorhexedine gluconate (the active ingredient in Hibiclens antimicrobial skin solution). I had read an article in a medical magazine about how a dentist working with the elderly had suggested that some of his elderly patients put a drop or two of Hibicleans into a dixie cup half filled with water, and then swish it in their mouth for a while before spitting it out. Chlorhexidine is what is known as a "persistent antimicrobial" and it continues to kill bacteria for many hours after it is first applied, much longer than alcohol, etc.

At any rate, I tried brushing my teeth with pure Hibiclens but it turned my teeth gray. I read that this is a harmless side-effect of Hibicleans over-use and a dental cleaning got rid of the problem. Now I put toothpaste on my toothbrush, put several drops of hibiclens on it, wet it a bit, and brush away.

I got used to the soapy taste quite quickly, and another thing I have noticed is that if I don't brush my teeth with Hibiclens twice a day, my mouth tastes bad, and I think this is due to the mouth bacteria returning.

Peridex prescription mouthwash was put on the market in about 1989, I think, and the active ingredient in that is also chlorhexidine. According to my dentist, the slight red staining I have on my teeth is very consistent with the slight red staining from Peridex, and it is also easy to get off with dental cleaning.

I am interested in whether brushing in this fashion will lead to fewer cardiac problems, birth anomalies, etc. Cardiac problems and birth anomalies are more likely with dental infections, etc.

Any thoughts?