There are two main categories of mouthwash that you are likely to see on the shelves at your favorite store. This includes non-alcohol-based, and alcohol-based mouthwash. Each of those categories is also available in multiple varieties.
With so many mouthwashes available, finding the right one can be difficult. However, for anyone looking to decide between the two main categories, it is important that you do what you can to avoid the alcohol. It can cause a lot of damage to your mouth.
Danger Associated with Alcohol-Based MouthwashMany dental experts now believe that any type of mouthwash that contains alcohol should be avoided. The first, and arguably the most important, reason is that it seems to increase the rates of oral cancer.
While drinking alcohol also carries this risk, the risk is significantly less than it is for mouthwash. The reason being that you typically keep the mouthwash in your mouth for at least 30 seconds, and usually longer. This puts the alcohol in direct contact with your oral tissues, increasing the risk you could get sick.
Alcohol also dries out your oral tissues. This increases the chance that you will struggle with cavities. The drier your oral tissues become, the more susceptible they are to damage. By using a mouthwash that dries out your oral tissues, you become more susceptible to any type of damage to the mouth, from acid erosion to increase cavities and instances of gum disease.
Talk with your dentist the next time you see them for a cleaning and exam. Find out if there are any areas of your mouth that need a bit more attention, and find out if they also recommend steering clear of alcohol-based mouthwashes. Then, using their advice, decide on what formulas of oral hygiene products you want to use to keep your oral health optimized.
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