Posted on 3/20/2019 by Dr. Leary
|There is no doubt that mouthwash can leave your mouth feeling clean and fresh. It can also help to take care of bad breath, and it even can get rid of harmful bacteria that is found in your mouth.
The question is, what type of mouthwash should you use? Should you make the switch to alcohol-free mouthwash, even if it costs a little bit more?
The alcohol that is used in most mouthwashes is ethanol. The problem with ethanol is that it has a tendency to give the user a burning feeling in their mouths. Not only does ethanol taste bad to most people, it can hurt to use it. That is not what you want from a mouthwash.
Another problem with ethanol is it can lead to dryness in the mouth. If someone suffers from a dry mouth, he or she needs to use mouthwash that does not have ethanol. Even someone who does not have a dry mouth might experience symptoms if using the wrong mouthwash.
There are some studies that suggest that mouthwash with ethanol might increase the risk of oral cancer. These studies are not conclusive, and more research needs to be done, but do you really want to take a chance?
Without the ethanol, alcohol-free mouthwash is easier to use. It will not burn, so people are more likely to actually include it in their daily routine. Alcohol-free mouthwash does not lead to dry mouth, and there does not seem to be a cancer link.
If you would like to learn more about alcohol-free mouthwash and why you should make the switch, please feel free to contact us. We would love to explain the benefits, and also give you a few suggestions. Alcohol-free mouthwash can be harder to find, but it is worth it.