The Healthy Mouth Chronicles
What's in a Mouthwash? Is There a Difference?
If you’re like me, we used whatever was given to us growing up. If it was soap, shampoo, toilet paper, or mouthwash, we pretty much had no choice. And for many years, your choices in mouthwash were big brands containing alcohol.
But as awareness of mouthwash has increased, so have your options; however, alcohol based products still seem to be the brands most people think about when they hear the word “mouthwash.”
The bad news is, the burning, bad taste is still the thought that comes to most people’s mind when they think of mouthwash. The worse news? The taste may just be the tip of the iceberg.
the question is, should i continue to use products that burn my mouth every time is use them?
The short answer is a resounding NO. These products been around for decades, but while the companies have tried to improve its image by coming out with different flavours, the main ingredients remain the same… with the most noxious and unsafe ingredients being the alcohols.
The alcohols in mouthwashes cause a drying effect in the mouth. That’s the burning sensation you feel that ultimately makes you want to spit sooner than later. It is also that drying power that naturally causes more cells to die, resulting in an increased probability of having oral cancer.
So combining the horrid taste with the increased risks of cancer, we give any mouthwash containing alcohol a big thumbs down. Stay far away from these.
We recommend Oral7® Moisturising Mouthwash, which contains natural enzymes to help reinforce your mouth's own defence system. It's mild, doesn't burn and helps keep your breath fresh.