General Dentistry Question: Should I Use Alcohol-Containing Mouthwash?

General Dentistry Question: Should I Use Alcohol-Containing Mouthwash?

Posted by ANTHONY CORBO DDS on Aug 18 2021, 07:06 AM

Brushing and flossing are the cornerstones of good oral hygiene, but mouthwash can be a valuable supplement due to its numerous oral health benefits. Mouthwash is a product that is used to clean the teeth, gums, and mouth. It usually contains an antiseptic that kills dangerous germs.

At Anthony G Corbo DDS in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, we always endeavor to provide not only the most effective dental treatments but also the best guidance on how to maintain their oral health at home.

What Is the Purpose of Mouthwash?

Mouthwash helps to remove bacteria from the mouth and gives you clean, fresh breath. It is also beneficial to your overall oral health because it reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth as well as the amount of dental plaque that might accumulate. Mouthwash can also help those with dental issues like dry socket, tooth sensitivity, and xerostomia.

Why Should I Use an Alcohol-Containing Mouthwash?

Because it kills the majority of bacteria in your mouth and leaves your mouth feeling refreshed, alcohol-containing mouthwash is commonly used in general dentistry. However, because your mouth needs both good and bad bacteria to balance out your breath, an imbalance in the bacteria in your mouth may result in bad breath.

If you have a medical condition that causes a poor flow of saliva or if you have diabetes, you should avoid using alcohol-containing mouthwash to keep your condition from deteriorating. If you have a history of alcoholism, you should instead use an alcohol-free mouthwash.

Benefits of Alcohol in Mouthwash

Alcohol has antibacterial properties. This means that it kills bacteria and germs in your mouth. Mouthwash is great for getting between your teeth, reaching the back of your mouth, and detecting any crevices where germs may have become lodged after brushing. Alcohol in mouthwash is extremely effective in killing all of the bacteria in your mouth. 

You require a healthy mix of microorganisms in your mouth. Killing too many beneficial and bad bacteria can create an imbalance, resulting in poor breath and other problems. While getting rid of unwanted bacteria is important, using alcohol mouthwash could cause problems in your mouth rather than just cleaning it.

Alcohol is effective at killing bacteria while non-alcoholic mouthwash is not always as effective. However, there are chemicals in alcohol-free mouthwash that do the same function as ethanol in alcohol-containing mouthwash. 

For the best dental care, contact Anthony G Corbo DDS at (954) 434-2234 or visit us at 13101 Old Sheridan St, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33330.

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