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Why Mouthwashes That Contain Alcohol Can Actually Damage Your Mouth

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Robert Leale
Why Mouthwashes That Contain Alcohol Can Actually Damage Your MouthTo maintain great oral care at home, we are constantly being recommended mouthwash. Using mouthwash alongside regular teeth brushing and flossing will ensure fresh and clean teeth and gums. But what if your mouthwash could be causing more dental problems than you may realize?

Alcohol vs. Alcohol-Free Mouthwash

Mouthwash that contains alcohol often causes a burning sensation and discomfort during use, so why do we continue using it? We continue using alcohol mouthwash because it is great at killing bacteria, removing food particles, and keeping teeth whiter. However, it also kills the good bacteria too, which causes an imbalance.

The alcohol content further works at drying out the mouth by stopping the production of saliva. If your mouth is consistently dried out, it can result in suffering from bad breath and serious dental problems. Saliva production is important for ensuring the health of your teeth and gums and that they are kept clean and free from bad bacteria.

If you are wanting to achieve a cleaner, healthier mouth, you are better off avoiding alcohol mouthwash altogether. By switching to alcohol-free mouthwash, you will soon see the benefits for your oral health. Alcohol-free mouthwash helps to produce saliva, rather than inhibit it and behaving like a drying agent. Where alcohol mouthwash has dried out your mouth over the years, alcohol-free mouthwash will start to put the fluid back.
Choosing which mouthwash to use within your oral care routine is important when it comes to maintaining proper oral health. By choosing the wrong mouthwash, it may lead to dental health problems in the future and cause damage rather than keeping your teeth and gums fresh as you would expect. To schedule a professional dental clean, contact our office today to get booked in.
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