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The Smile! book had a section on oral care products.
Here’s what it said about mouthwash:
Some mouthwashs contain phenols-types of alcohol (including Listerine) which are considered toxic because they are susceptible to being absorbed by lungs and skin, resulting in caustic burns, as well as kidney and liver damage and hyperactivity.
So, while you wear braces, it’s recommended you use a flouride rinse. PLEASE consider one without alcohol, for your health!!!!
Recently I went on a 5-day mini-vacation; I traveled out of town by plane and got out of my routine (such as it is.)
What did this mean for my braces?
- Braces travel pack: I had to augment my travel pack, which I usually carry with me*, with a little bottle of fluoride rinse. The bottle at 2.06 fl. oz. is a tiny bit bigger than regulation size, but I’ve never had a problem getting it past security.
- Kept forgetting to put on my rubber bands. That’s the thing about getting out of a routine, which includes — usually when I travel — eating out a lot more than I usually do. But hey, it’s a little vacation, and at least I hadn’t forgotten the rubber bands. Now that is key, because you can buy everything else at pharmacies; I don’t think you can get Chipmunk elastics that easily. 😉
* My regular braces travel pack includes: