Alcohol-Free Mouthwash Helps Your Mouth – And You Won’t Get Burned!
We showed you memes on social media this week with a variety of goals in mind. We asked you to tell us why you’re our patient – if you are. We wanted to know how you prefer to be reminded of appointments. And we reminded you of how a healthy smile is an outward and inward indicator of a healthy life.
But perhaps this week’s most important message was about using alcohol-free mouthwash for best results without any burning, drying or pain.
Unless it says otherwise, the mouthwash you’re using contains a lot of alcohol, which can dry your gums and reduce the saliva in your mouth, both undesirable things.
Saliva is essential for good oral health because it flushes away bacteria. The more saliva in your mouth, the less likely it is that harmful bacteria will stick and cause decay and disease. While alcohol mouthwashes can freshen your breath temporarily, they may actually make it worse in the long run. There is even the possibility that a link exists between oral cancer and alcohol mouthwashes.
A safer, smarter and more effective alternative is an alcohol-free mouthwash, sometimes called a tonic or mouth rinse. These rinses can have a long-term impact on bad breath and don’t negatively impact the amount of saliva in your mouth.
If you have excess decay or disease, a fluoride rinse can hep you develop stronger tooth enamel and can limit the development of future cavities.
The message here is a simple one: Don’t just reach for the cheapest mouthwash. The team at Brighton Dental in San Diego would much rather see you opt for an alcohol-free version. And we’d like you to remember that no mouthwash is a substitute for brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist often.
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