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Posted on 10/20/2019 by Century Dental LLC
|Including mouthwash in your daily oral hygiene routine is widely recommended to improve oral health because it can also be used quickly throughout the day. However, deciding between a mouthwash with alcohol and mouthwash without can be a hard thing to do. If you are unsure about which type of mouthwash is really better for you. Our office is here to give you the rundown.
Mouthwash with Alcohol
You'll know that you've gotten a mouthwash that contains alcohol when you gargle with it. It's the one with that burning sensation, which always seems to tell your brain, “Ah, it's working.” Many people mistake that countdown with your mouth on fire as a sign it's burning up bacteria. It is important to note that quality, active ingredients make the difference, not how long you can hold the flames in your mouth.
Alcohol Free Mouthwash
Mouthwash that does not contain alcohol allows the mouth to continue producing saliva, therefore contributing to the cleanliness and freshness of your mouth in the long run. This is key to good mouthwash. Alcohol dries the mouth out, leaving it vulnerable following its use. Find yourself a mouthwash with fluoride as an ingredient; It can help in keeping your teeth strong and helps minimize tooth sensitivity. Another advantage of alcohol-free is it is safer for your dental fillings and other work. Studies show that alcohol-free mouthwash is more beneficial for the gloss, color, hardness, and wear of dental restorations.
There isn't a mouthwash that can make up for flossing and brushing your teeth. By flossing and brushing for two minutes twice a day in combination with an alcohol-free mouthwash you give yourself total oral protection with the ability to continue producing saliva that works to remove sugar and acidity all day long.
The only thing to add is your twice-yearly dental appointment. If you have been putting your's off, call us today to schedule an appointment. Our office is happy to assist you in your oral care.