What is Mouthwash?
Generally speaking, mouthwash is any form of liquid, that can be gargled within the mouth to exert some local effects. The local effects might be to mask mouth odour, as an antibacterial agent, as an anti-plaque agent etc. According to the American Dental Association, Mouthwash can either be Therapeutic or Cosmetic. Cosmetic Mouthwashes are used usually to mask bad breath without chemical or biological application beyond their temporary benefit. Therapeutic mouthwashes contain ingredients that are used as antibacterial agents, antiplaque agents etc.
A mouthwash generally consists of water, ethanol, a humectant, a surfactant, flavour, colour and an active agent. The ethanol adds bite and
It is a known fact that many known
Experts in support of the use of alcohol-containing mouthwashes feel that the dose of mouthwash and the quantity of alcohol(ethanol) used are not enough to predispose the user(s) to oral cancer.
In conclusion, I would like to quote Werner Et al, in their published article in the British Dental Journal: ” The comparative studies between
In the light of the above, next time you visit your dentist and he/she recommends a mouthwash, you may want to request for an alcohol-free mouthwash. It is better to be on a safer side, more so, an alcohol- containing mouthwash does not offer any comparative advantage.
The following are the brands of mouthwash without alcohol:
Listerine Zero, Oral-B Sensitive Mint Mouthrinse, Colgate Peroxyl Mouth Sore Rinse.