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Ditch the Rinse? Why You Might Want to Rethink Your Mouthwash Habit

Michael Hunter, MD
BeingWell
Published in
5 min readJun 15, 2024

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I am meticulous with my dental care. Floss? Yep. Brush thrice (or more) daily, check. And I use mouthwash twice a day. Should I ditch the rinse? Today, we explore why you and I might want to rethink our mouthwash habits.

Recent research has revealed a potential downside to my daily mouthwash routine.

While I love the minty freshness, alcohol-based mouthwashes could alter my mouth’s microbial balance.

This disruption might not only increase my risk of gum disease but might also be linked to heart disease and certain cancer types.

Photo by Kelsey Curtis on Unsplash

Goals

Many people prioritize maintaining dental hygiene. In addition to diligently flossing and brushing multiple times daily, the routine may include using mouthwash to ensure a minty, fresh feeling.

However, recent research has shed light on the potential drawbacks of this practice.

In this article, we will explore the implications of using alcohol-based mouthwashes on our oral health.

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Michael Hunter, MD
BeingWell

I have degrees from Harvard, Yale, and Penn. I am a radiation oncologist in the Seattle area. You may find me regularly posting at www.newcancerinfo.com