Why alcohol free?
|By Dr. Harold Katz - Bad Breath Expert|
SUMMARY: Sometimes we mistake the painful side effects of products for their effectiveness, but that usually isn't the case. Stop suffering!
Posted: November 28, 2012
Do you ever feel like after using mouthwash your mouth feels dried out? Some people might mistake this feeling for a freshly cleaned mouth, but it may be doing more harm than good! Some believe that uncomfortable burning sensation that makes sweat roll down your forehead as you count down the seconds until you can spit it out is normal. It doesn’t have to be this way! Using alcohol free mouthwash is actually better for your oral health than other products that contain alcohol, and it won’t leave you gripping the side of the vanity until you can get that fiery substance out of your mouth. To boot, some mouthwashes contain twice the amount of alcohol than a glass of wine!
The use of mouthwash with alcohol in it can increase bad breath and cause your mouth to dry out. So why have we been conditioned over time that this is a good treatment? More and more people and companies are turning to alcohol free mouthwash because they understand the benefits that come along with it. By using this kind of product, you are helping to preserve the natural balance of saliva production in your mouth. This will help common dry mouth sufferers and will keep breath fresh.
Issues caused by alcohol mouthwash
Although there is no conclusive study that suggests that mouthwash containing alcohol causes oral cancer, some experts believe that this is very possible. Alcohol, or ethanol, breaks down in the mouth and releases a carcinogenic chemical called acetaldehyde, which can create serious issues. In the very least, mouthwash with alcohol in it increases dry mouth and may lead to other mouth problems.
You know how mouthwashes are marketed as “refreshing” or “minty,” and you may chose a specific product because of the color you correlate with the taste? Unfortunately, that is a marketing ploy, because those colors are simply dyes that add no value and can actually stain your teeth - although staining isn’t very common. In a society that is becoming increasingly aware of preservatives and unnatural items being added to our food, there’s no reason to ignore this in your oral health care products.
Never worry about children using mouthwash
Mouthwash labels always have warnings that the product should be kept out of the reach of children, and many seem to think that this is a normal warning for an effective product. Alcohol free mouthwash can be safely used by children, and it will help them get rid of bad breath - yes children can suffer from bad breath, too. It is gentle enough that they won’t get sick if a small amount is accidentally swallowed.