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Alcohol Based Mouthwash Vs Non Alcohol Based Mouthwash
Either: Both types of mouthwash are going to have agents in them that will kill bacteria that tend to cause bad breath. If you are aware of halitosis, be sure to brush your tongue well, especially toward the back. This is a common source for bad breath. Also be sure to get your teeth cleaned at the dentist if it has been a while. Mouthwash helps, but often just covers up the real problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please tell me, are there any antiseptic mouthwashes that utilize non-harmful alternatives to alcohol-based mouthwashes?
Is antibacterial mouthwash safe to use? Have heard of alcohol based ones being dangerous after years of use.
? on antibacterial: Many studies have been coming out recently questioning the "antibacterial" label on products, including soaps, mouthwashes, etc. As far as mouthwashes, most companies are distributing the products as alcohol-free. Hard to say what the dangers are unless you are ingesting. To be safe, i would go with the ones without alcohol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes, Fluoride rinses are very good for your teeth. I am also a big fan of listerine because it is so good for your gums and removes the subgingival bacteria that cause gingivitis. I myself use listerine once a day and get my Fluoride through toothpaste twice a day. But Fluoride rinses are great too. I would recommend the Fluoride rinse morning and night after brushing and listerine at noon. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 number of good non alcohol mouth rinses that are also effective and gentle. Crest prohealth, colgate total, natural dentist and listerine zero are a few. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I test alcohol/non-alcohol mouthwash for a science fair without dealing using bacteria or people?
Tricky!: This really depends on what questions you're trying to answer. The most important questions i can think of about (non)/alcohol-based rinses include both bacteria and human elements. It sounds like you're trying to zero in on chemistry without biology; understanding your results may lack biological relevance, set up a test that shows the effect of (the alcohol) on another substance material or dye. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Black hairy tongue: The name sounds scary but it's harmless. Overuse of mouthrinses can kill the bacteria which normally live on the tongue and allow an overgrowth of yeast. The papillae, rough hair-like projections on your tongue, can overgrow and look like hair. It is treated by discontinuing the mouthrinse, brushing and scrapping the tongue, and antifungal prescription if necessary. ...Read more
Yes: Mouth wash is an adjunct to your main oral hygiene regimen (brushing and flossing). They are not required. Nonalcohol mouthwash is good for people with dry mouth, burning mouth syndrome, lichen planus, oral lupus, etc... Biotene is a common nonalcohol mouthwash and widely use. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Follow directions: As with all medications, you should follow the directions provided by the prescriber or manufacturer. If it calls for dilution, do so according to the directions on the package. ...Read more
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