Is Alcohol Free Mouthwash Better? A Dentist Explains

Yes, using alcohol free mouthwash is better than mouthwash with alcohol or mouthwash with chlorhexidine gluconate.

That's right, you can have a fresh and clean breath without enduring the stinging sensation from alcohol-based mouthwash!

When taking care of your teeth, mouthwash can be a helpful addition to your daily routine. It's like the extra defender for your mouth besides brushing and flossing.

However, many adults go for mouthwash with alcohol, thinking it's the ultimate germ killer.

But today, we're here to demystify the mouthwash game.

Keep reading as we explore the benefits of alcohol free mouthwash and the effects of ethanol mouthwash to decide which is the best.

What is alcohol free mouthwash?

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Alcohol free mouthwash is an oral rinse formulated without ethanol or other alcohol-based ingredients, making it a milder alternative to traditional mouthwashes.

Essentially, alcohol free mouth rinses help keep your mouth clean and fresh, just like the regular stuff, but without any harmful side effects.

Studies show that alcohol safe mouthwash effectively eliminate mouth bacteria and is effective against multispecies oral biofilms, contributing to improved dental health.

Plus, the efficacy of hydroxyapatite mouthwash, a fluoride-free alternative to traditional ones can be a real game-changer, as it can:
  • rinse out plaque and bacteria
  • prevent bad breath
  • fights for gum disease
  • reduce dry mouth
  • strengthen enamel
  • and reduce tooth sensitivity

Alcohol free mouthwash is a gentle and less drying choice, making it ideal for those with mouth sensitivity.

Side Effects of Alcohol Based Mouthwash

A man holding an alcohol based mouthwash

Alcohol mouthwashes have long been associated with oral hygiene, primarily due to their potent bacteria-killing properties. However, it's essential to consider the potential drawbacks of their use.

Burning Sensation and Irritation

One of the most common complaints about alcohol based mouthwashes is the intense burning sensation it can cause.

This discomfort can deter users from consistent usage and may exacerbate issues for those with burning mouth syndrome or other oral irritations.

Some mouthwashes contain up to 25 percent alcohol, intensifying this sensation, which may feel more like a burning pain for some users.

Dry Mouth

Alcohol can lead to oral dryness, a condition that not only feels unpleasant but also increases the risk of halitosis and other oral health problems.

For individuals with low saliva production, this can be a problem. Xerostomia, known as dry mouth, can lead to discomfort and a higher risk of cavities.

Alcohol mouthwash may worsen symptoms of mouth dryness, making it less suitable for individuals with this concern.

May Cause or Irritate Canker Sores

Some alcohol based mouth rinses contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) to create a foaming action in the mouth.

Studies show that this may lead to problems like xerostomia, gum inflammation, and mouth sensitivity.

For these individuals, considering SLS-free alternatives can be beneficial.

Benefits of Alcohol Free Mouthwash

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To keep your breath fresh and nurture your oral microbiome, choosing non-alcohol mouthwash is a simple yet powerful step toward a healthier smile.

Fighting Bad Breath

Bad breath, called halitosis, is a common oral health problem.

Thankfully, rinsing with alcohol free mouthwash options helps avoid bad breath by removing bacteria that cause odor in the mouth. It's also convenient to carry in your bag for a quick refresh whenever needed.

Plus, studies suggest that alcohol free mouthwash effectively reduces plaque and gingivitis, contributing to fresher breath.

Maintaining Good Dental Hygiene

Using mouthwash is a cost-effective way to maintain excellent dental health.

While it complements good dental hygiene practices, it is crucial to eliminate bacteria from hard-to-reach areas when brushing with nano hydroxyapatite toothpaste or flossing.

Reducing Potential Dry Mouth

Cheap mouthwashes often include alcohol, leading to dryness in your mouth.

You might believe that alcohol in mouthwashes is better at killing bacteria, but studies show that alcohol-based and free-from-alcohol mouthwash work equally well. However, there are differences when it comes to the side effects.

Choosing a mouthwash without alcohol helps maintain a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria in your mouth and may prevent dryness.

Ideal for Sensitive Gums

For those with sensitive gums, free-from-alcohol mouthwash is an ideal solution.

Alcohol free mouthwashes help maintain a balanced oral environment, supporting your natural microbiome without causing discomfort.

Additionally, these mouthwashes often contain soothing ingredients, like aloe vera, which can further alleviate gum sensitivity.

Convenient for Travel

Alcohol free mouthwash is handy, travel-friendly, and convenient for on-the-go oral care.

Its non-alcoholic formulation ensures that it complies with travel regulations, providing a hassle-free option for maintaining oral hygiene while traveling.

How to Use Alcohol Free Mouthwash

Using free-from-alcohol mouthwash is a simple yet effective addition to your regular dental care routine. Follow these steps for optimal results when using SWISH Mouthwash:

         Step 1: Shake well before using

         Step 2: Measure the right amount, about 20mL

         Step 3: Swish for about 30 seconds

         Step 4: Rinse and spit it out

Just a quick note: make sure to continue brushing and flossing as usual when you incorporate alcohol free mouthwash into your routine.

It should supplement your usual dental care, not replace it!

Which mouthwash is more effective at killing germs?

A lady pointing out the mouthwash

Studies show that non-alcoholic mouthwash can be just as effective at killing harmful bacteria as alcohol-based options.

Therefore, if you're looking for a way to fight bad breath without risking dryness, why not upgrade to alcohol free mouthwashes?

Should you choose alcohol free mouthwash?

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If you like a gentle mouthwash that skips the burn, go for it!

Angela Evanson, DDS suggests alcohol free mouthwashes do wonders for people with dry mouth, burning mouth syndrome, diabetes, and even pregnant women.

Now, that's something to smile about!

Is alcohol free mouthwash safe for kids?

A kid using mouthwash

Yes, alcohol free mouthwash is safer for kids than traditional alcohol based mouthwash.

Swallowing even small amounts of alcohol in mouthwash can be harmful to children, making it dangerous to keep in the house.

You'll love how gentle our therapeutic mouthwash is instead thanks to its alcohol-free child-safe formula.

Just make sure you supervise your little ones as they learn to swish, gargle, and spit.

Summary: Alcohol Free Mouthwash Benefits

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After reading this article, I guess you're on our side too now, huh?

Alcohol-free mouthwash isn't just a teammate in your routine; it's the MVP thanks to properties like:
  • fighting off halitosis
  • preventing dryness
  • soothing sensitive gums
  • and environmental friendliness

It's not just about saying no to burn; it's about saying yes to a healthier smile. With the right mouthwash, you're not just protecting your teeth; you're promoting overall oral well-being.

So, why settle for less? Say yes to alcohol-free mouthwash, and let your confident smile do the talking!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is alcohol free mouthwash better for oral health?
Yes, our alcohol free mouthwash here at biöm is better for oral health as it provides effective bacterial control without the potential drawbacks of alcohol-based options.

Why choose alcohol free mouthwash?
Our alcohol free mouthwash supports your oral microbiome and freshens your breath without the burning sensation and potential side effects associated with alcohol based mouthwash.

Is alcohol free mouthwash suitable for sensitivity?
Yes, our alcohol free mouthwash is ideal for people with sensitivity, offering effective bacterial control and fresh breath without discomfort.

Is alcohol-free mouthwash suitable for daily use?
Yes, our alcohol free mouthwash is safe for daily use and can be incorporated into your regular oral care routine.

Can pregnant women use alcohol-free mouthwash?
Yes, our alcohol free mouthwash is safe for use during pregnancy. In fact, it's safer for pregnant women than its alcohol-based alternatives!

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Immerse yourself in the revitalizing freshness of our latest formulation, Swish. A testament to biöm's unwavering commitment to holistic health and well-being. Harnessing the potent benefits of mother nature, our mouthwash combines science and nature's bounty to deliver a unique solution for impeccable oral hygiene and lasting fresh breath.

Bottled at 16 fl oz, our herbal mouthwash formula takes the best of what nature has to offer:

Neem and Licorice Extracts: Used for centuries in traditional medicine, these power-packed botanicals promote oral health by combating harmful bacteria and providing natural anti-inflammatory benefits.

Spearmint and Peppermint Essential Oils: Long-lasting freshness is no longer a dream. These cooling natural oils ensure you'll enjoy a pleasant, long-lasting minty freshness that truly invigorates.

Xylitol and Stevia: We've incorporated these natural sweeteners to provide an enjoyable, refreshing taste without any guilt – they actually help in maintaining a healthy pH balance in your mouth!

Aloe Vera Juice: Say goodbye to the harsh, drying effect of traditional mouthwashes. Our formula includes these natural moisturizing agents for a comfortable rinse that leaves your mouth feeling hydrated.

Not just that, our formula is as kind to the Earth as it is to your mouth:

❖ Free from harsh chemicals and artificial preservatives

❖ Cruelty-free and vegan

❖ Eco-friendly packaging


Shake well before use. Swish approximately one tablespoon of mouthwash in your mouth for about 30 seconds, then spit it out.

Experience the biöm difference today – because your oral health is a reflection of your overall wellness.