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Why You Want to Avoid Using Mouthwash with Alcohol
Posted on 8/24/2020 by Brandon Cooley
We know that mouthwash keeps your breath clean and fresh, provided you don't use it just to mask the odor. If you really want to kill germs and keep teeth and gums clean and damage-free, you need to find a minty mouthwash that is alcohol-free. Below are reasons why you want to shun alcohol in your choices for a mouthwash. Why Alcohol in Mouthwash is Not Advised When you use a mouthwash with alcohol, the alcohol in the mouthwash is drying, and therefore affects your soft tissues and teeth. In turn, your mouth will not produce as much saliva, which helps ward off tooth decay and tartar. If you want a breath picker-upper, you need to select an alcohol-free mouth rinse with fluoride. By making his choice, you will reduce tooth sensitivity and protect your dental fillings and restorations. Research reveals that an alcohol-free mouthwash maintains restorations, as it preserves their color, hardness, wear, and gloss. Why Mouthwash Does Not Prevent Periodontal Disease In terms of periodontal disease alone, you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. Mouthwash does not remove the biofilm that forms on the teeth. This biofilm is a combination of various bacteria. When you clean the biofilm off the teeth by brushing and flossing, you break it up and get rid of it. Rinsing with mouthwash alone will not do this. Would you like to set an appointment with our office to have your teeth checked and professionally cleaned? If so, we can be reached online 24/7. You can improve your dental health and prevent periodontal disease and tooth loss. Give us a call or contact us online to set an appointment now. It takes the biofilm on teeth 90 days to negatively affect your oral health. Don't avoid dental care at home, or seeing our office at least twice yearly. Make it a priority to have regular dental cleanings and exams.... Read more...