Great for Your Martinis – Not For High Quality Dental Work
Surprisingly, most over the counter mouth rinses contain more than 25% alcohol. In addition, they are laden with colorful dyes. Alcohol may be ok to drink once in a while, but swishing it around in your mouth can have serious side effects. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), alcohol consumption has been linked to an increased risk of oral cancer. In addition, alcohol is a potent drying agent which in turn decreases saliva production. Therefore, the rate of decay increases and it can cause to bad breath. Furthermore, alcohol’s drying effect can cause your beautiful tooth colored fillings and Cerec restorations to dry-out which can lead to premature failure. You wouldn’t put regular gas in a Lamborghini- so why would you subject your beautiful dental work to the inevitable deterioration that comes with rinsing your mouth with rinses that are loaded with alcohol?
To complicate matters, most over the counter toothpastes contain heavy amounts of abrasive particles designed to remove stain. These particles not only cause premature wear of your fillings (along with the bonding that holds them in place), but can cause premature wear of your teeth as well.
So what is the answer? Use a soft tooth brush, non alcohol mouthwashes and low abrasive toothpastes such as Oxyfresh.
Where do you get these products? Right here in our office. We will be happy to recommend the correct products for your particular needs.