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Can You Use Rubbing Alcohol As Mouthwash
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 more
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 need to read because there are many with alchohol. ...Read more
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 more
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
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
No: Using the product as directed should not harm you. Do not swallow the mouth wash. If you feel that you have developed a problem with your sense of taste, consult your physician. ...Read more
Please tell me, are there any antiseptic mouthwashes that utilize non-harmful alternatives to alcohol-based mouthwashes?
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 more
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 more
Yes - But NOT Ideal!:
Alcohol based mouthwashes tend to dry out the mouth. A dry mouth is more prone to bacteria growth, which leads to increased cavities!
a Fluoride mouthwash without alcohol will not inhibit saliva production. Saliva actually helps clear your mouth of bacteria and protects your teeth. Additionally, Fluoride will strengthen and protect your teeth while in braces! ...Read more
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 more
I've got a few questions: 1) why is it better to use mouthwash with alcohol in it.2) won't that make you dehydrated?
A few answers:
1) the alcohol in the mouthwash helps control the bacteria around and between your teeth. Not sure if it is "better". All additional products will help along with proper brushing and flossing.
2) you do not drink the mouthwash. Unlike drinking alcoholic drinks that result in increased urination and possible dehydration after processing, the mouthwash is not absorbed into your body. ...Read more
Hi docs, do you think it's bad that I use a mouthwash with alcohol in the morning and then one with fluoride before going to bed?
How can using mouthwash cool mint listerine (21.6% alcohol)as directed not drinking) cause a positive beathalyzer reading? Please explain in detail.
Alcohol: Alcohol absorbs through the tissues in your mouth. Every single drug screening or treatment program I know tells every single patient this and that this type of product is not acceptable if one is being tested for alcohol. Putting listorine into your mouth is the same as drinking alcohol. The taste alone often triggers patients back into relapse. ...Read more
Igot my tongue peircing yesterday I'm using scope mouthwash which contains alcohol, is that okay?
As long as the mouthwash had no alcohol products in it, does that mean it's safe if I accidently swallow some?
Yes: A small amount won't hurt youGet a more detailed answer ›
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