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Could the Alcohol in Your Mouthwash Lead to Gum Damage?

Posted on 7/12/2021 by Dr. Janice Pliszczak
Could the Alcohol in Your Mouthwash Lead to Gum Damage?Many people reach for a bottle of mouthwash to fight bad breath. It is true, the mouthwash kills the bacteria in your mouth, which is the source of the unpleasant odor. However, mouthwash with alcohol in it can also make things worse. Most mouthwashes on the market today contain a small amount of alcohol, which can put you at risk for oral health problems. Alcohol-based mouthwash does kill the odor-causing bacteria, but it can also damage the gum tissue in your mouth.

What Happens to Gum Tissue When Exposed to Alcohol in Mouthwash?

Using a mouthwash that contains alcohol can possibly put you at a greater risk for drying out your mouth, and worse, developing bigger problems. For instance, using mouthwash containing alcohol can damage and even kill the gum tissue in your mouth. Some report that mouthwash with alcohol in it can also increase your chances of oral cancer.

Alcohol-free Fluoridated Mouthwash is the Best Choice for Your Mouth

There are several alcohol-free fluoridated mouthwashes available on the market. These options can help prevent dental diseases, strengthen your enamel, and freshen your breath. We welcome the opportunity to discuss dental products and their uses at your next dental cleaning and exam. We care that you are making informed choices by knowing what to look on the ingredient list for when you shop for dental products.

Good Oral Hygiene is Best

We think the best thing you can do for your teeth is to brush twice a day for at least two minutes, floss every evening before bed, and get regular cleanings and exams at our office. Give us a call today to schedule your next cleaning and exam. We can help you take the next step toward optimal oral health.
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