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The Dehydrating Effects of Alcohol in Mouthwash

Posted on 12/21/2020 by Arletta, Office Manager
The Dehydrating Effects of Alcohol in MouthwashIf you use mouthwash to freshen your breath, it is better to use a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol. The alcohol in mouthwash dries the mouth and can lead to periodontal problems and complaints.

Why the Alcohol in Mouthwash Is Bad for Gum Health?

Alcohol-containing mouthwashes include ethanol, which does kill most of the bacteria in the mouth. However, this property is not always good. Not only does the ethanol kill the bad bacteria, it also annihilates the good bacteria, which leads to an imbalance. This imbalance can lead to dry mouth and therefore really does not alleviate bad breath. So, you may be trying to get rid of bad breath, but still end up with halitosis. Also, the alcohol does not kill the bacteria beneath the gum line. Only a deep cleaning can do that. The drying effects of the alcohol lead to reduce the flow of saliva. Because saliva naturally washes away bad bacteria, you can easily end up with a gum inflammation and periodontal disease.

What You Should Do to Combat Bad Breath?

To take care of bad breath naturally, use a mouth rinse that does not contain ethanol. While the mouthwash will not kill as much bacteria, it also will not dry out the inside of your mouth. Also, an alcohol-free mouth rinse does a better job of getting rid of the harmful germs in the mouth. Not only that, but research also reveals that alcohol-free mouthwashes have a better effect on composite restorations in terms of color, gloss, hardness, and wear.

If you want to improve your breath and periodontal health, it pays to choose a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol versus one that includes the substance. Give us a call today if you need to have your gums checked. Schedule an appointment for a comprehensive periodontal examination (CPE) now. We can recommend a mouthwash that will benefit your periodontal health.

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