With all the different mouthwashes available at stores, you may be wondering if you should be using an alcohol-based or zero-alcohol product. But is a zero-alcohol mouthwash effective? Let’s take a closer look.
The Majority of Mouthwashes Contain Alcohol
The majority of mouth rinses that you purchase over the counter contain alcohol in the form of ethanol. This makes them extremely effective at killing bacteria in your mouth but can cause a very intense or even unpleasant taste or sensation when using them. This ability to kill bacteria may also end up being counterproductive to those who suffer from chronic bad breath since it also wipes out the good bacteria. Whatever the reason may be, more and more people are searching for alcohol-free alternatives.
Although mouthwashes and rinses made without alcohol may not be as effective in killing bacteria, they do have some benefits. Alcohol-based mouthwashes are not recommended for children under six years old, so by using an alcohol-free alternative, kids are still able to develop a healthy dental hygiene habit. Zero-alcohol mouthwash also helps maintain the natural balance of saliva in the mouth, which is especially beneficial to patients who suffer from chronic dry-mouth or bad breath.
Listen to Your Dentist
Everyone’s individual dental needs are different, so it’s essential to see your dentist regularly and listen to their advice. If you have concerns about which mouthwash you’re using, ask your dentist. Your specific dental health may make one choice better over the other.
Whether you’re purchasing an alcohol-based or zero-alcohol mouthwash, make sure it has been approved by the American Dental Association. Look for the ADA Seal on all of the dental products you buy. It’s the only way to ensure you’re using a safe product that will benefit your oral health.
For more information on mouthwash or any other dental hygiene products, make an appointment with Dr. Zola Makrauer or Dr. Julie Miller at Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts today.