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Is using mouthwash a good idea?

May 28 2021

Using a mouthwash can be a great supplement to your daily brushing routine, but can it cause more harm than good? There are a vast array of mouthwashes on the market, all claiming different benefits. This, and a tonne of glossy adverts showing us all our teeth problems can be solved with a quick swish of mouthwash. So, we decided to delve deep into the fresh and minty world of mouthwash to find out more.

Problems with mouthwash

Mouthwash can disrupt the mouth’s natural production of saliva leaving the mouth feeling overly dry. This is due to the high alcohol content in mouthwash that removes any toothpaste left behind. The reaction between these two types of compounds can create a drying effect in your cheeks and mouth. However, mouthwashes containing ingredients such as xylitol may help kill bacteria while also keeping the mouth moist. In addition to dry mouth, some mouthwashes can remove the cheeks protective layer, contributing to mouth ulcers.

Why does mouthwash burn?

If you’re using mouthwash and wondering why it burns, one of two ingredients may be causing your discomfort: alcohol or chlorhexidine. Most mouthwashes contain alcohol, which mostly causes a burning sensation. However, the reason alcohol is used in mouthwash is that it is effective in killing the bacteria that can lead to gum disease. But if the burn is too painful, you can always opt for an alcohol-free option.

How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Mouthwash can leave you with a nice and fresh minty feeling, but there are other oral care options out there. While mouthwash can help with bad breath, it shouldn’t replace daily flossing or brushing your teeth twice a day. It doesn’t replace these things, only in addition to. And, if you’re looking to keep things au-natural then you can choose from a long list of natural mouthwashes that are on the market.

If you’re looking to improve your oral care then book in to visit one of our team at Newmarket Road Dental Practice today.

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