For many years people have been using mouthwash as part of their oral health regime.

So while rinsing with mouthwash is intended to keep breath fresh and prevent the build-up of bacteria, cavities, and plaque in the mouth, using mouthwash has numerous risks and dangers.

Let’s look at each of them.

  1. Irritation of Canker Sore – Generally, some mouthwash can help heal canker sores. However, when you use a type of mouthwash with high alcohol content, it can do more harm than good and further irritate your canker sores in the process.
  2. A Superficial Mask for bad breath – Most mouthwashes have a high alcohol content and can cause damage to delicate mucus membranes in the mouth, alcohol also causes the mouth to dry out.  A dry mouth is the perfect environment for bad breath causing bacteria to grow and multiply. So while the odor is masked temporarily and you can use mouthwash to conceal bad breath,  the effects will not last long and it will not treat problems from the root cause. If you want to improve your oral hygiene or bad breath, visit your dentist regularly and employ healthy oral habits such as brushing, flossing, and adding an oral probiotic to your oral care routine.
  3. Stain and Discoloration – Some types of mouthwashes have chlorhexidine gluconate. This ingredient helps prevent bacterial growth, but in some cases, it may cause discoloration on the teeth.Chlorhexidine gluconate can cause teeth stains when it gets in contact with food additives in the mouth. Tannis is one of which and it is common in coffee, tea, and red wine.
  4. Health Hazards for Children – Mouthwash can be very dangerous if ingested. That’s why children under the age of 12 should only use mouthwash in the presence of an adult and if prescribed by a dentist.