Yesterday I had my teeth checked and cleaned for the first time since moving to Florida. New dentist, new hygienist.

As she cleaned my teeth, Shannon, also a recent transplant from Indiana, warned me about the dangers of using Listerine and other mouthwashes with alcohol. Mouthwash—dangerous? Apparently so. WebMD reports oral cancers are about six times more common in drinkers than in non drinkers—so why would someone simulate drinking by regularly swishing and holding alcolol in their mouths for several minutes once or twice a day?

I did not know that! I like the strong “burn” I get from my mouthwash—it makes me feel like it’s working.

Thanks for the tip, Shannon! You can bet I will be shopping for a mouth rinse with fluoride—and without alcohol.

Feel good and keep smiling! Pat

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