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You brush and floss your teeth regularly, but you decide to add just a little something to your oral hygiene routine. Mouthwash is always a good choice, as it can add extra protection to your smile by helping guard against decay, plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath.

If you are unsure which type of mouthwash is right for you, we’re here to offer some advice.

Mouthwash With Alcohol
The amount of alcohol in mouthwash is small. The alcohol not only disguises the taste of the other ingredients, but it can kill bacteria faster than mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol. Because of this, mouthwash that contains alcohol is a great way to fight gum disease and tooth decay.

Despite the advantages of mouthwash that contains alcohol, it is important to note that alcohol is a drying agent. Because of this, using mouthwash with alcohol will cause the mouth to be dryer. The amount of saliva being produced will be reduced or even eliminated. The mouth needs saliva to flush out bacteria and to keep your mouth fresh. Lack of saliva production can also cause bad breath.

Mouthwash Without Alcohol
Mouthwash that does not contain alcohol allows the mouth to continue producing saliva, therefore contributing to the cleanliness and freshness of your mouth in the long run. This is the key to a good mouthwash.

In addition, mouthwash without alcohol is gentler than the alternative. Because of this, it is a great choice for those with tooth or gum sensitivity.

Another advantage of alcohol-free mouthwash is that is has a better effect on composite dental restorations than alcohol-containing mouthwash. Studies show that alcohol-free mouthwash is more beneficial for the gloss, color, hardness, and wear of restorations.

Contact Prehn Dental Offices today for more information about mouthwash and how it can benefit your oral health and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Wausau, Wisconsin. Dr. Frederick Prehn and our team are thrilled to answer any questions you may have!