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

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brandon Martin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Brandon Martin
Dr. Brandon Martin
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Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: YES

Alcohol does not affect braces.

In brief: YES

Alcohol does not affect braces.
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Braces don't matter.

Braces are unaffected by alcohol.
The safety of alcohol in mouthwashes has come under question in general due to the suspicion that it may contribute to the occurrence of oral cancers.

In brief: Braces don't matter.

Braces are unaffected by alcohol.
The safety of alcohol in mouthwashes has come under question in general due to the suspicion that it may contribute to the occurrence of oral cancers.
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Yes, but

Alcohol in mouthwashes will not affect braces, but don't use it as a substitute.
Brushing removes about 3/4 of bacteria, flossing/WaterPik about 1/4, and mouthwash about 1%. Consider an alcohol-free mouthwash that contains Fluoride and follow package directions exactly.

In brief: Yes, but

Alcohol in mouthwashes will not affect braces, but don't use it as a substitute.
Brushing removes about 3/4 of bacteria, flossing/WaterPik about 1/4, and mouthwash about 1%. Consider an alcohol-free mouthwash that contains Fluoride and follow package directions exactly.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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