Over the years, there has been a significant amount of debate over alcohol and non-alcohol mouthrinses. Some companies claim that their mouthwash is superior because it contains alcohol that is capable of killing stubborn bacteria in the mouth, while other companies claim that their mouthwash is superior because it does not contain drying alcohol. Consumers are stuck in the middle of this battle and have a difficult time deciding whether it is better to purchase mouthrinse with or without alcohol.
Some individuals are advised to stay away from mouthrinses that contain alcohol for the following common reasons:
Individuals in these groups may choose not to use a mouthrinse at all because they may be under the impression that mouthrinses without alcohol are not as efficient as mouthrinses with alcohol. However, a recent study compared the efficacy of alcohol and non-alcohol mouthrinses and yielded surprising results.
The Efficacy of Alcohol-Free Rinses Is Comparable to Alcohol-Containing Rinses
The study compared two different mouthrinses without alcohol to a mouthrinse with alcohol. Patients were divided into four groups:
• Group A was instructed to brush their teeth and rinse with an alcohol-free rinse
• Group B was instructed to brush their teeth and rinse with an alcohol-containing rinse
• Group C was instructed to brush their teeth and rinse with both an alcohol-free and alcohol- containing rinse
• Group D was instructed to only brush their teeth
Surprisingly, the study results showed that the alcohol-free mouthrinses were able to reduce gingivitis and plaque at a rate that was comparable to the alcohol-containing mouthrinse. Because the test results showed that there is no reduced efficacy in alcohol-free mouthrinses, it is recommended that individuals choose alcohol-free mouthwash brands over those that contain alcohol.
Improve Your Oral Health Without Alcohol
Individuals who want to improve their oral health and the scent of their breath without the negative effects of alcohol can now rest assured that alcohol-free rinses are just as effective as those containing alcohol.