Can Mouth wash Burn Your Mouth?

Some mouthwashes can cause burning sensation in your mouth. A lot of people blame the alcohol component. However, the burning sensation is the result of the essential oils in the solution similar to the burning sensation when you have cinnamon.

At Manhattan Beach Dental Center, we don’t recommend the use of alcohol-based mouthwash. That’s because alcohol can quickly dry out your mouth, enhancing the burning sensation that you feel. The role of the alcohol in the solution is not to fight plaque, but to help the other ingredients dissolve in the solution.

Essential oils in the mouthwash

It’s not the alcohol that’s causing the burning sensation, but the essential oils. These essential oils are the active ingredients of the mouthwash, and their role is to remove bacteria in your mouth. The tingling sensation is actually helping you have a cleaner mouth and fresher breath.

There are several types of mouthwash on the market. If the burning is preventing you from using mouthwash, then it might be time for you to use another brand of solution. You should try mouthwash that has a physiologic pH, which is uncommon with most mouthwash. It also contains few essential oils so it won’t give you burning sensation.

What is the best mouthwash solution?

Try to use the mouthwash without alcohol because alcohol can be too harsh to your mouth and can dry out your mouth. If you use mouthwash with alcohol regularly, the alcohol could damage your mouth and over time, can cause oral sores.

Because alcohol-based mouthwash dries your mouth, you may suffer from bad breath. When your mouth is dry, it lowers saliva production. Remember that saliva is vital in fighting against halitosis as it kills anaerobic bacteria in your mouth. It’s ideal to choose mouthwash without alcohol.

If you wish to dilute a commercial mouthwash, you should mix it with warm water. Compared with cold water, warm water works better in cleaning your mouth. It’s the same as washing your dishes. The best way to clean your dishes is to use hot water to clean them effectively.

Can mouthwash cause oral cancer?

Some reports linked mouthwash with oral cancer. However, there’s no conclusive evidence yet as to whether or not mouthwash can cause oral cancer.

If you want to use mouthwash but you’re wondering what brand you choose, you should talk to your dentist. At Manhattan Beach Dental Center, we only recommend mouthwash based on our patients’ dental condition. It’s ideal to talk to your doctor and find out if you can benefit from it.

About James Kline DDS

My name is Dr. James Kline, and it has been my pleasure to serve the South Bay for 38 years in the same location at Manhattan Beach Dental Center. A California native, I received my pre-dental education at Pasadena Nazarene College. At the age of 21, I started Dental School at the University of Southern California where I was graduated in 1973. As a result of their excellent training, I am very comfortable performing more involved procedures like Root Canal Therapy and Oral Surgery such as Wisdom Tooth Extractions. Continuous training allows me to provide Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. For your convenience, I have a Dental Laboratory on the premises. This allows me to work closely with the Dental Technician to fabricate the most functional and esthetic Partials and Dentures. I am also able to accommodate emergency Denture Repairs on the spot. As your General Dentist, I care about your dental conditions as it relates to your overall health and well being. Your comfort during dental procedures is my highest concern. I work at your pace and offer free Nitrous Oxide Gas. I remain committed to giving you a healthy and attractive smile with honest and conservative treatment while developing a long term relationship. My hobbies include traveling, fishing, Texas Hold’em, Swimming, and Singing. My passion is Barbershop Quartet Singing which I started at age twelve. It has allowed me to perform in concerts around the world for 40 years. Ultimately my Quartet won the coveted International Barbershop Quartet Championship in 2004. I have two children, both married, and a beautiful baby granddaughter. I have been blessed to serve this community and look forward to doing so for many years to come. I enjoy coming to the office everyday and I’m encouraged the company of my wonderful staff and patients. I look forward to meeting you. At our office, we have a relaxed atmosphere. There’s a open reception area that allows me meet, greet and answer any questions that our clients may have. We have a great play area for kids and many of our adult patients have a great time in our waiting room. On any given day, a spontaneous “party” can happen in the front area while serious dentistry is getting performed. We take pride in getting to know our patients and making them feel comfortable, like family, and not just an anonymous face off the street. This is what sets us apart from any other practice in the area.
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