Is Your Mouthwash Doing More Harm Than Good?

Mouthwash kills bacteria that causes bad breath, but only opt for alcohol-free varieties. San Antonio cosmetic dentist Edward Camacho, DDS, says that excessive use of alcohol-based mouthwash is known to irritate the soft tissue in your mouth, which may be linked to a higher incidence of oral cancer. 

Boston prosthodontist Steven D. Spitz, DMD, adds, "Most mouthwashes contain alcohol, which can be damaging to your teeth. Alcohol not only dries out the tissue, but also kills the good bacteria that provide protection for your teeth and overall mouth."

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The good news? Brands like Listerine now offer alcohol-free mouthwash varieties that clean your mouth and freshen your breath without causing any damage or posing any potential threats.

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    I definitely believe lot of the over the counter mouthwashes do more harm than good. In addition to the alcohol which dries mouth, causes bad breath and delays healing of any cuts, artificial dyes, preservatives and harsh chemicals also tend to stain teeth and irritate tissues. At the same time anti-bacterial and anti-microbial mouthwashes may cause bacterium to become resistive since not all the bacteria can be killed.

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