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Is it safe to use mouthwash that has peroxide in it if you have receding gumlines?


Posted by Ayse

Hello!

I just started using a pre-brush rinse that contains peroxide and alcohol.  Could this be harmful to the gumline?  I do not have very healthy gums to start with.  I do not want to harm them further.The product details are:  Rinse your way to a whiter smile with LISTERINE® WHITENING® Pre-Brush Rinse. Rinsing before you brush means a brighter, more confident smile. It's that easy.  The dynamic foaming action of LISTERINE® WHITENING® bursts into action, penetrating teeth to help prevent stain buildup and whiten your smile. And because it's from the makers of LISTERINE® Antiseptic, it kills bad breath germs, too. Available in a great-tasting Clean Mint flavor.  Thanks,Alice

 

 
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Sustained, daily use of an alcohol-containing mouth wash is a bad idea.

 

Sour breath odor is intensified by an alcohol-dried irritated mouth.

 

 

Many mouth washes contain from 20% to 27% alcohol. (Beer has 6% alcohol; wine has 12.5% alcohol).

In any event, the alcohol irritates the sensitive lining our the mouth an should not be used every day.  There are a number of  alcohol-free mouth washes--  and here -- and here.

The antibacterial effect of mouth wash lasts about 20 minutes.  The bacteria are protected in the gum crevices around and in-between the teeth.  The bacteria can hide there unless the seal on these crevices is penetrated by using a Water Pik.  The "fresh feeling" is just a feeling -- an illusion of cleanliness -- that last for a short while. Toothbrushing, flossing and/or using the WaterPik are much more effective oral hygiene techniques and much less expensive.

http://soundentistry.com/blogodontics/2009/1/29/mouthwash-linked-to-cancer.html 

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