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can you use rubbing alcohol as mouthwash

A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Why ?: What are you trying to accomplish? Isopropyl alcohol can be poisonous if ingested. Use a product meant as a mouthwash.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Capehart
19 years experience Dentistry
Killing germs: Many mouth rinses do contain alcohol but not more are coming out without alcohol so you have options. Make sure you check labels and ask your dentist ... Read More
Dr. Heidi Nelson
42 years experience Dentistry
It's a disinfectant: Alcohol has historically been used as a disinfectant; listerine is a well known example whose original formulation was 27% alcohol. Today there are a ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Syn answered
37 years experience Dentistry
Yes, but: Many commercial mouthwashes have alcohol as an active agent because of its antibacterial action. Alcohol has traditionally been used in medicine to ... Read More
Dr. Dell Goodrick
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NO: Rubbing alcohol is not meant to be ingested. Drinking alcohol is not strong enough to kill the bacteria that causes gum disease.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Mouthwash: If used in conjunction with alcohol deterrents such as antabuse (disulfiram).
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Antibacterial: Mouthwashes tend to be formulated to help reduce bacterial counts which in turn will help with inflammed tissues.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Rosenthal
17 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Lots: I have no financial interest in these companies, but crest pro health is a line of non-alcohol based rinses. Listerine will also have one, but you ne ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Capehart
19 years experience Dentistry
No: There are alternatives to alcohol based mouthwashes. You can ask your dentist or read the labels to see if there is alcohol in the mouthwash.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Victor Zeines
50 years experience Dentistry
No alcohol: There is no need to have alcohol. Go to your local health food store. There should be mmany alcohol free mouthwashes.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
44 years experience Dentistry
Binding agent: The alcohol acts to bind many of the ingredients in mouthwash, but research now claims that the alcohol is not needed and may even create more issues. ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Mouthwashes: It is always best to have a dentist who knows your medical and dental history as well as current oral conditions whether or not you actually need to u ... Read More
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