Mouthwash is a great tool in the arsenal of anyone serious about their oral health. It is quick and easy to use throughout the day as a supplement to your regular dental routine. The ADA has many different kinds of mouthwashes certified to be used for various uses. Alcohol free mouthwash might be more valuable for you to use than other types, depending on your unique needs. Read on for more information!
Benefits of Alcohol Free Mouthwash
Most well-known mouthwashes have ethanol, which is a type of alcohol, as one of the ingredients. This causes an initial burning sensation in your mouth, and it doesn’t taste too great either. More importantly, it can make your mouth uncomfortably dry which could aggravate any other existing oral irritations. So if you suffer from dry mouth due to a chronic condition or as a side effect to other medications you are taking, you might benefit in switching to an alcohol free mouthwash. In addition, alcohol free mouthwashes are very beneficial for people with a history of alcohol abuse.
What do Alcohol Free Mouthwashes Contain in Them?
In the class of mouthwashes without alcohol, there are various subsets. In general, though, most of them contain ingredients designed to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, dry mouth, plaque and tartar buildup, and bad breath. There are even a few out there that are specially formulated to aid in whitening your teeth.
One of the active ingredients you might find in an alcohol free mouthwash is cetylpyridinium chloride (or CPC). This ingredient aids in reducing plaque and reversing the effects of gingivitis. Chlorhexidine gluconate, found in mouthwashes with and without alcohol, is considered by most experts to be the most effective mouthwash ingredient out there, and as such it is usually only found in prescription mouthwashes. If you believe that you might need a prescription-strength mouthwash, your dentist can recommend various options available to help you improve your oral health.
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