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Old 01-27-2013, 03:18 AM   #1
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Looking for a non-alcoholic mouthwash

I'm looking for a non-alcoholic mouthwash or oral rinse that eliminates bad breath and is good for overall dental health.

I recently read that mouthwashes with alcohol cause dry mouth, which in turn can result in bad breath after the initial clean, fresh taste of the mouthwash wears off. I've been using Listerine for years, which definitely contains alcohol, so I suspect that may be a contributing factor to my bad breath.

For those with similar issues, which non-alcoholic mouthwashes have you tried and can recommend? Here are some brands I've seen in stores or found via online research:

*Tom's of Maine
*Jason Powersmile Mouthwash
*Spry Oral Rinse
*ACT Total Care Anticavity Fluoride Rinse Dry Mouth
*Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse
*Biotene Moisturizing Mouth Spray For Dry Mouth Symptom Relief
*Smart Mouth Activated Mouthwash
*Listerine Total Care Zero (apparently this is a newish non-alcoholic brand)
*Up & Up Antiseptic Mouth Rinse Alcohol Free With CPC (Target house brand)
*Crest Pro Health Mouthwash

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Old 01-27-2013, 05:55 AM   #2
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Smile re: I'm looking for a non-alcoholic mouthwash.

Hi - I went through a phase of buying EVERYTHING organic, and if they weren't organic then they had to be sold at Whole Foods (crazy, I know!) So I used to buy Tom's of Maine. They weren't cheap, at about £4 a bottle. Then one day I got fed up because I was wasting so much money so instead of going to Whole Foods or the usual health food shops, I spent a little longer in the aisle in a supermarket and browsed a few mouthwashes, and found a few which were alcohol-free.
I tried one for 79p and have been using it ever since. Im guessing you're from the US, so the British shop name "Wilkinsons" won't ring a bell with you.

Anywhoo, the moral of the story is, there are a lot of brands which now do alcohol-free mouthwashes, so dont feel the need to have to pay a lot of money by specifically getting a brand name. Branded items are usually more expensive because they advertise their products a lot (on the TV, magazines, etc.) so they have to bump up the price of the item so that it covers advertising and marketing costs. Listerine, Colgate, and Oral B are some brands which are sold in the UK and they do alcohol-free ranges.

I hope this has been of help in some way

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Old 01-27-2013, 11:32 AM   #3
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I have tried Therabreath (sp) and I liked it. My absolute favorite is the Act Bubblegum Fluoride mouth wash. I searched and apparently many adults really like it . Alcohol free.

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Old 01-27-2013, 11:51 AM   #4
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Re: I'm looking for a non-alcoholic mouthwash.

Mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine do not have alcohol. They are very effective if you have gum disease but can cause staining so best not to use every day.

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:16 PM   #5
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Re: I'm looking for a non-alcoholic mouthwash.

Thanks for the tips, guys. Appreciate the feedback and suggestions.

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