Can Mouthwash Damage My Teeth?

Graphic of toothpaste tube, toothbrush and mouthwash.

You may feel like every time you read any health-related news people are talking about how something we all thought was good is now bad for us. Or about how something that we thought was in the clear has actually proven to be problematic. Some of this is understandable as new research takes place and we learn more about the world around us. Then, of course, some of it just seems like clickbait.

What About Mouthwash?

One topic that we’ve seen being discussed is whether or not mouthwash can damage your teeth. Mouthwash’s whole purpose is to clean and people have been using it for decades, so you may be wondering how it could even be an issue. Or you may be thinking, “Yeah, I’ve been wondering about that!” Let’s dive into the debate to get some answers!

Alcohol in Mouthwash

Much of the debate about the safety of mouthwash is centered on alcohol. Many mouthwashes include alcohol to help with killing off bacteria and stopping infections. And they do a good job of that. The issue is whether alcohol is doing more harm than good and killing off the good bacteria as well. This disrupts your oral microbiome and could even leave you more vulnerable to tooth decay. Additionally, some people may find that alcohol mouthwash leaves them with a dry mouth. This could be due to the fact that the alcohol inhibits saliva production.

How to Choose a Mouthwash

To avoid all of these concerns, you don’t have to give up mouthwash. Instead, you can choose an alcohol-free mouthwash. There are plenty of other options like natural and organic mouthwashes. If you want to make sure that you’re using trusted mouthwash, look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal on the package. This seal shows that the mouthwash has been tested and proven for its safety and effectiveness.

Preventive Dental Care in Rochester Hills & St. Clair Shores

Still have questions about mouthwash or another dental health-related thing? Hit us with them! Our expert dental team would be more than happy to clear up any confusion you may have so you can take care of your smile with confidence. Remember that mouthwash isn’t a substitute for the rest of your oral health routine. Make regular visits to Hillstream Dental part of your preventive care. Please contact us to book your visit. We have offices in Rochester Hills and St. Clair Shores.

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