Alcohol is one ingredient that you should avoid in mouthwashes. While it may quickly dry up bad breath-causing bacteria, it can also create more of it, since alcohol causes the salivary glands to become dry. If there isn’t enough saliva in the mouth, then there’s no way to wash away the bacteria. Instead, opt for mouthwashes with these ingredients.
For those with veneers, it is essential to avoid using an alcohol-based mouthwash. Veneers are custom-designed to fit your gums, which is why maintaining their health is crucial in keeping them looking good. Additionally, alcohol can wear down the bonding agents used, causing the veneers to loosen.
If you have veneers (or even if you don’t), try rinsing with a mouthwash free of harsh chemicals, which can lead to red aggravated gums like Tom’s of Maine’s Wicked Fresh! Mouthwash ($5). “Tom’s of Maine rinses are alcohol-free and use essential oils of peppermint and thyme to clean without irritation,” says Duxberry, MA, cosmetic dentist Andrew Wiemeyer, DDS.
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