A reader asked us if mouthwash is a good investment for those who are struggling to afford the $50 mouthwash that’s on sale in most supermarkets.
There are many other reasons for the higher price of mouthwash, but the main reason for the price increase is that the alcohol content is higher than what is listed in the bottle.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in the US, the maximum amount of alcohol per 1,000 ml of mouthwashes is 1.05, which is higher in India.
It’s not the alcohol that is causing the price hike, but a higher alcohol content that is in the bottles that causes the higher cost.
Here’s a simple explanation of the alcohol in mouthwash.
In a regular bottle, alcohol is usually extracted from the fruit juice.
The fruit juice is dissolved in water and the resulting liquid is then poured into the mouth.
The alcohol is then absorbed into the bloodstream through the esophagus and eventually reaches the stomach where it will be broken down into alcohol and acetone.
A standard mouthwash contains 5% alcohol.
According to the American Heart Association, drinking up to 3 glasses of regular alcohol each day is linked to a 24% increased risk of death, a 25% increased chance of cancer and a 6% increased rate of cardiovascular disease.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that adults limit alcohol consumption to no more than 1 drink a day.
For those who have difficulty paying the higher bottle price, there are many alternatives to buying mouthwash at the grocery store.
The only alternative is to go to a pharmacy to get a prescription.
If you’re worried about your mouthwash costing you money, check out our guide to buying quality mouthwash online.