Who doesn't want fresh smelling breath? Brushing and flossing isn't always enough to keep your breath smelling sweet. The foods you eat and beverages you drink, such as coffee, can leave an odor behind. Plus, certain medications cause a dry mouth, creating a fertile breeding ground for bacteria that cause mouth odor. Using a mouthwash helps to freshen your breath, but some commercial mouthwashes contain alcohol. On the plus side, alcohol kills odor-causing bacteria but it can dry your mouth out and indirectly make the problem worse. Some studies have also linked alcohol-based mouthwash with an increased risk for oral cancer. Fortunately, you can still get the benefits a mouthwash offers without the alcohol by using an alcohol-free mouthwash. Alcohol-free mouthwash freshens breath without the drying effects of alcohol. With flavors like peppermint and mint, your mouth will be awake and refreshed. For added benefits, choose an alcohol-free mouthwash sweetened with xylitol, a sugar alcohol that dentists often recommend for better oral health. Keep some on hand for those occasions where your mouth feels dry or after eating a meal - or any time you want your breath to smell a little sweeter.
Common uses for mouthwash
Even when you take good care of your teeth and gums, ""surprises"" can pop up like painful canker sores or other minor mouth irritations. When they do, regular mouthwash won't do. Instead, your mouth will benefit from an antiseptic oral cleanser to deep- cleanse and eliminate bacteria that cling to mouth wounds along with their debris. These products have ""oxygenating"" action that makes it harder for ""bad"" bacteria that thrive in an oxygen-less environment to survive. With refreshing flavors like mint, you'll still get the benefits of fresh breath and a mouth that feels clean. Plus, these antiseptic oral cleansers are free of alcohol that can dry your mouth. You can also use them for cleansing and soothing other minor oral care problems including irritation from dental procedures, mouth wounds, oral burns and trauma from a dental appliance that irritates your cheek or gums. Always see your dentist if you have a painful mouth wound or a burn or a problem in your mouth that isn't getting better.
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