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How Does Alcohol-Free Mouthwash Work?

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Every basic dental routine contains mouthwash of some sort, but in recent years, alcohol-free mouthwash has become increasingly popular. It leaves patients with the same benefits, albeit with a different route on how to get there.


Alcohol-Free Mouthwash Kills 99.9% of Bacteria


Just like ordinary, alcohol-inclusive mouthwash, alcohol-free mouthwash kills the exact same bacteria. Alcohol is effective at killing bacteria in your mouth, yet leaves you subjective to the numerous health-related issues that alcohol leaves on your body from prolonged exposure. Utilizing alcohol-inclusive mouthwash every single day constitutes as prolonged exposure.


Alcohol-Free Mouthwash Doesn’t Leave You With Dry Mouth


You may recall the familiar sensation that occurs immediately after spitting out your mouthwash. Your gums, teeth and mouth feel dry. While it’s easy to assume this is the result of mouthwash doing its job and eliminating bacteria, it fails to do one task: retain your saliva.


Saliva helps trap and break down bacteria to keep your mouth healthy. When alcohol kills the saliva in your mouth and makes it difficult for you to produce more, it fails to protect your mouth from bacteria – it simply eliminates the current bacteria in your mouth. Alcohol-free mouthwash has the same benefits, without experiencing dry mouth as a result. It also aids in preventing bad bad breath.


It’s Safer for Children to Use


Ordinary mouthwash contains harmful chemical aside from just alcohol. When children are learning how to properly use mouthwash, they’re going to accidentally swallow it at least once. It’s a learning curve for them. However, when you use alcohol-free mouthwash, it won’t make your children feel physically ill if accidentally consumed.


Active ingredients are designed solely to kill bacteria, and stray away from the negatives of alcohol-inclusive mouthwash. It can be a much safer way to teach your children about mouthwash, without exposing them to the dangers of alcohol and the effects it has on their gums.


They Eliminate the Burning Sensation


There’s always a slight moment of hesitation before using mouthwash. That’s because the burning sensation is completely brought on by the active alcohol included in your ordinary mouthwash. When you remove that component, there’s no burn – alcohol-free mouthwashes provide the same effectivity without the unpleasant experience.


Alcohol-Free Mouthwash Still Works Against the Following


  • Preventing gum disease
  • Evading cavities
  • Killing 99.9% of bacteria with the help of brushing and flossing
  • Leaves your mouth feeling clean
  • Removes bad breath


Alcohol-inclusive mouthwash companies are quickly moving to alcohol-free versions of the same product as the public becomes aware of the negative attributes surrounding alcohol. Will you make the switch?

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