Perhaps you have thought about incorporating mouthwash into your daily oral health care routine. Maybe your dentist has suggested that it would help prevent cavities, or maybe you are re-entering the dating scene and you want to make sure your breath is on point. Whatever your reason, a quick trip to the local drug store will present you with more mouthwash options than you probably expect. We want to make the decision easy for you.
While you may have a flavor preference, all mouthwashes can be categorized as alcohol-based or alcohol-free. Most dentists recommend alcohol-free mouthwash because alcohol-based mouthwash can cause detrimental results.
- Inside the mouth are living tissues that make up the teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. Harmful chemicals can damage living tissues because they absorb many elements that they are exposed to. The gum tissues and any exposed tooth roots are the most vulnerable to potent ingredients in alcohol-based mouthwash.
- When we talk about mouthwash being potent, if you have ever tried to use an alcohol-based mouthwash for a full 60-seconds, you understand potency. The burning sensation inside the mouth is intense! Alcohol-based mouthwash has been known to erode tooth enamel, damage fillings, and contribute to ulcers.
- It is also important to note that some people should never use alcohol-based mouthwash because it is not safe for them. Children, patients undergoing chemotherapy, and those with diabetes should not use alcohol-based mouthwash.
Of course, the concern that many people have is that if a mouthwash doesn’t “burn,” it must not be as effective. This is not truthful! For centuries, many cultures have used coconut oil to clean and rinse their mouths – and it has no burn-inducing ingredients. There are several varieties of alcohol-free mouthwashes available that are effective at eliminating damaging bacteria from your mouth.
At Smile Structure, we can help you with all of your dental care needs. If you would like a recommendation for an alcohol-free mouthwash, call our practice today. We will also be happy to set up a dental cleaning appointment for you!
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