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Doctor insights on: Can You Use Rubbing Alcohol As Mouthwash

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How come many mouthwashes use alcohol?

How come many mouthwashes use alcohol?

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

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Can alcohol be used as a mouthwash?

Can alcohol be used as a mouthwash?

NO: Rubbing alcohol is not meant to be ingested. Drinking alcohol is not strong enough to kill the bacteria that causes gum disease. ...Read more

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Is alcohol-containing mouthwash harmful?

Is alcohol-containing mouthwash harmful?

Depends: Depends on who and how using it. If you are not child, pregnant woman or alcoholic, and if you use it as intended and directed than it is not harmful. ...Read more

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Could there be a benefit of alcohol in mouthwash?

Could there be a benefit of alcohol in mouthwash?

Antibacterial: Mouthwashes tend to be formulated to help reduce bacterial counts which in turn will help with inflammed tissues. ...Read more

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What is a recommended non alcohol based mouthwash?

What is a recommended non alcohol based mouthwash?

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

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Is it important to use an alcohol based mouthwash?

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. ...Read more

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Need to know if you would recommend using mouthwash with alcohol in it or not?

Need to know if you would recommend using mouthwash with alcohol in it or not?

No alcohol: There is no need to have alcohol. Go to your local health food store. There should be mmany alcohol free mouthwashes. ...Read more

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What does the alcohol do in mouthwash? Is it better to use mouthwash with or without alcohol?

What does the alcohol do in mouthwash? Is it better to use mouthwash with or without alcohol?

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. The alcohol may also dry out the mouth too much and may cause some health problems. ...Read more

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Is antibacterial mouthwash safe to use? Have heard of alcohol based ones being dangerous after years of use.

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

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What effects from peroxide and from alcohol mouthwashes?

What effects from peroxide and from alcohol mouthwashes?

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

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I prefer the new mouthwashes that don't use alcohol, are they just as effective?

I prefer the new mouthwashes that don't use alcohol, are they just as effective?

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 more

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Is there alcohol in scope mouthwash?

Mouthwash: Scope like many mouthwashes may have alcohol as a component some up to 23 %. There are mouthwashes available with out alcohol such as biotene, or ones that say they are alcohol free. ...Read more

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Can scope mouthwash contain alcohol?

Can scope mouthwash contain alcohol?

Yes: Most mouthwashes contain alcohol. Some contain more than others. Alcohol has a slight disinfectant ability but it is there as a solvent. Scope will contain alcohol unless noted as alcohol free. There are several mouthwashes that do not contain alcohol, like crest prohealth. ...Read more

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Should I add water in an alcohol-free mouthwash or is it better undiluted?

Should I add water in an alcohol-free mouthwash or is it better undiluted?

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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Will the regular use of strong alcohol based mouthwash have long term effect on my taste buds?

Will the regular use of strong alcohol based mouthwash have long term effect on my taste buds?

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

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Please tell me, are there any antiseptic mouthwashes that utilize non-harmful alternatives to alcohol-based mouthwashes?

Please tell me, are there any antiseptic mouthwashes that utilize non-harmful alternatives to alcohol-based mouthwashes?

Mouthwash: Yes there are many herbal and supplement mouthwash available. Many include natural ingredients like peppermint and spearmint, some contain antioxidants as well. ...Read more

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Alcohol or non alcohol based mouthwash for bad breath?

Alcohol or non alcohol based mouthwash for bad breath?

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

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Can using mouthwash that contains alcohol be dangerous to a recovering alcoholic?

Can using mouthwash that contains alcohol be dangerous to a recovering alcoholic?

Alcohol / mouthwash: If you are in recovery from alcoholism you should not use mouthwash that conatins alcohol. There are many different brands of mouthwash that contain no alcohol. You should use one of these. The alcohol in the mouthwash could trigger the addiction to return. ...Read more

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Please describe a good mild antibacterial or antiseptic mouthwash that does not contain alcohol?

There are many: Non alcohol formulations available commercially. Crest pro health is a good one. I'm sure your local cvs will have a wide array. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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

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Is it safe to use mouthwash that has alcohol when you have braces on?

Is it safe to use mouthwash that has alcohol when you have braces on?

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

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Is a fluoride rinse a good subsitute for alcohol based mouthwash like listerine?

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 more

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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

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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?

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?

Mouth rinsing: It's great that you are trying so hard to keep your teeth clean. I prefer a mouthrinse without alcohol, but is it's once a day and you are using a fluoride rinse at night, it should work out well ...Read more

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How can using mouthwash cool mint listerine (21.6% alcohol)as directed not drinking) cause a positive beathalyzer reading? Please explain in detail.

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

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Igot my tongue peircing yesterday I'm using scope mouthwash which contains alcohol, is that okay?

Mouthwash: The mouth rinse is aiding in cleaning the wound created by the piercing. Since alcohol is "drying", it may irritate the area. If you are feeling no irritation, keep using it.
next time try a mouth rinse that has no alcohol. ...Read more

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Can using mouthwash with alcohol really cause oral cancer?

Possible: The concentration of alcohol in mouthwashes is very high and we know that alcohol can play a role in oral cancer. It is probably more likely if you have a genetic predisposition to cancer. ...Read more