Houston Texas: Alcohol Containing Mouthrinses

Houston, Texas Cosmetic Dentist: Alcohol Containing Mouthrinses Many misconceptions and thoughts regarding alcohol containing mouthrinses have circulated for years.  An interesting article in a dental journal offers the following information regarding this subject:

  • Mouthrinses can help reach and clean difficult to reach areas in our mouths, this can kill bacteria that our brushing leaves behind
  • There is strong clinical evidence through research studies that shows support for the safety of chlorhexidine and alcohol containing  m0uthrinses
  • Claims of oral cancer associations or increased dryness of the mouth are unsupported

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I personally, have not recommended many alcohol containing mouthrinses over the past 8 years as there are other non-alcohol containing mouthrinses on the market.  It is also important for patients with alcholic or past alcohol abuse to refrain from using alcohol containing rinses. In overview, the articles seem to have scientific evidence that these alcohol containing mouthrinses are not hazardous and do have clinicial benefits.  Patients should be informed of their options and discuss their situations with their dentists as to the best products for their individual needs. If you have questions about Houston Texas Cosmetic Dentist or Houston Texas TMJ, please feel free to contact our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF  713-668-2289  

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