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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 Containing Alcohol
The amount of alcohol in mouthwash is slight. 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 cavities.

Despite the benefits of mouthwash that contains alcohol, you should know that alcohol is a drying agent. Because of this, using mouthwash with alcohol can cause the mouth to be dryer. The amount of saliva being produced can be reduced or even eliminated. The mouth needs saliva to flush out bacteria and to keep your mouth fresh.

Mouthwash That Does Not Contain 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 an excellent mouthwash.

Another benefit 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.

We welcome you to contact Midlothian Dental Arts today to learn more and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Midlothian, Virginia. Dr. Jeryl Abbott and our team are excited to answer your questions!