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Alcohol in Your Mouthwash Can Dry Out Your Mouth

Posted on 5/30/2019 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
Alcohol in Your Mouthwash Can Dry Out Your MouthWe bet you have heard all the jokes about using mouthwash after a night out on the town. There are a lot of those jokes. Did you know that many mouthwashes contain alcohol, and that if you use those mouthwashes, you might actually be doing more harm to your mouth than good?

In fact, alcohol in your mouthwash could hurt your mouth more than it helps. Want to learn more? Keep reading about how alcohol in your mouthwash is not always a good idea.

Why Is There Alcohol in My Mouthwash?

Many mouthwashes contain alcohol in them, because alcohol added to the mouthwash can help kill bacteria in your mouth. In the old days, many people felt a strong antiseptic mouthwash- all of which contained alcohol- was the best way for your teeth and gums to stay healthy.

However, for many people, alcohol in the mouthwash can have a drying effect in your mouth. This is not a good thing. A dry mouth means that you are not producing enough saliva to flush out food particles and bacteria on your own. It also means that food, acids and bacteria stay in your mouth longer.

If you like the mouthwash you use, you can keep it, of course. Just make sure that you are drinking plenty of water during the day to help your mouth get rid of food particles, bacteria, and plaque. If you want to change your mouthwash, no worries. There are plenty of great mouthwashes on the market that are alcohol-free. There are also mouthwashes specifically made for people with dry mouths that you can try as well.

Do you have questions about dry mouth? Not sure if your mouthwash is the problem? Or do you have questions about your overall dental health? Why not give us a call? We'd love to make an appointment for you. We can talk to you about the best ways for you to have the cleanest, healthiest mouth possible.
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