With the many mouthwash brands sold on the market, have you ever wondered which is best and most effective? Well, look no further. Mouthwash come commonly in two forms: alcohol or ethanol based and alcohol or ethanol-free. The most common alcohol free mouthwash are the Listerine and chlorhexidine based ones.
Now, if you’ve ever experienced a burning sensation while using mouthwash brand, that was probably because it contained alcohol. Majority of persons bear this discomfort because it is considered powerful enough to kill loads of bacteria.
Inasmuch as this is true to an extent, it does not mean it is more effective than Listerine based or alcohol free mouthwash. Here is why:
1. Mouthwash Containing Alcohol Kills Good Bacteria
The alcohol based mouthwash can kill almost all of the bacteria in your mouth, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. After all, ethanol also kills good bacteria, causing an imbalance. This can lead to problems such as bad breath and other complications in the long run. Also, although it sounds like it can kill off bacteria more thoroughly, alcohol cannot reach harmful bacteria deep beneath the gum line. (A deep cleaning, however can, which you can only get from your dentist) So just because it gets rid of bacteria, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s cleaning your teeth as well as you think.
On the other hand, alcohol-free mouthwash does not do as good of a job at killing bacteria as ethanol can. However, it does do a better job of targeting more bad bacteria and also has a fairly better effect on teeth gloss, color, hardness and lesser impact on implants some researchers say.
2. Alcohol limits saliva production.
Saliva is incredibly important in keeping your mouth and teeth clean and fresh. Alcohol-free mouthwash allows your mouth to continue producing saliva, while alcohol acts as a drying agent. That not only inhibits saliva production, it also contributes to dry mouth, which can cause bad breath and create more germs eventually. So if you want a clean, fresh mouth in the long run, it’s better to avoid alcohol.
It is worth noting that, irrespective of the type of mouthwash you choose to use, there is no substitute for a professional dental deep cleaning to maintain clean teeth and fresh breath.
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