|Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.|
Dangers of Using a Mouthwash with Alcohol for Too Long
Posted on 12/23/2021 by Dr. Boustany
|Using mouthwash after you brush and floss is one way to make sure bacteria doesn't stand a chance in your mouth. Mouthwash is a very thin liquid that can reach spaces between your teeth where your toothbrush or dental floss cannot reach. Mouthwash contains substances that help kill bacteria, making it effective in keeping you safe. Some mouthwash bottles contain an amount of alcohol to help sanitize your teeth and gums.
This alcohol produces a tingly sensation when in contact with the gums and tongue. Most people tend to think that this tingly sensation is a sign that the mouthwash is working effectively. The truth is it does more for marketing the bottle of mouthwash than it does for your teeth. Here are the dangers of using a mouthwash with alcohol for too long.
Why You Shouldn't Use Alcoholic Mouthwash
Alcohol can kill germs, and this is why many mouthwash bottles contain it. However, prolonged alcohol exposure has some negative effects on your oral health. The tingly sensation in the mouth after using mouthwash comes from irritation of the mucous membranes. Prolonged exposure to alcohol causes these mucous tissues and membranes to start drying out, damaging them. When damaged, the free flow of saliva gets inhibited, leading to the risk of bacterial infections.
Prolonged alcohol exposure also kills sensitive cells in the cheeks and gums. As these cells deteriorate, bacteria start feeding on them, helping them to grow and spread faster in the mouth. Alcohol then encourages the growth of bacteria instead of killing it.
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Maintaining hygienic conditions in your mouth is essential in keeping your oral health in check. However, it is important to use the right products for your teeth. Be sure to consult us before you use any new products on your teeth. Our professionals will be able to guide you to the best and safest products. Contact us at (304) 467-4265, for more information on the danger of using mouthwash with alcohol.