The Hidden Dangers of Modern Mouthwashes

As the founder of a small startup dedicated to revolutionising oral care, my journey began with a personal revelation that would ultimately shape the course of our company. It all started with a simple question: what’s inside my mouthwash?

Growing up, like many, I was taught that mouthwash was an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene and helped with dryness.

However, my curiosity led me down a path of discovery that would challenge this “conventional wisdom”.

Through my research, I uncovered the mouth-harsh reality: most commercial mouthwashes contain a cocktail of chemicals that are extremely harmful to our health. From alcohol to artificial colors and flavors, these products do more harm than good. But what truly caught my attention was the pervasive use of antibacterial agents like chlorhexidine and triclosan, which have been linked to a range of health issues, including antibiotic resistance and hormonal disruption.

And while my mouthwash was disrupting my oral microbiome, I knew it was time to disrupt the standards of oral care in general.

Dr. Lawrence Hier

As the founder of a small startup dedicated to revolutionising oral care, my journey began with a personal revelation that would ultimately shape the course of our company. It all started with a simple question: what’s inside my mouthwash?

Growing up, like many, I was taught that mouthwash was an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene and helped with dryness.

However, my curiosity led me down a path of discovery that would challenge this “conventional wisdom”.

Through my research, I uncovered the mouth-harsh reality: most commercial mouthwashes contain a cocktail of chemicals that are extremely harmful to our health. From alcohol to artificial colors and flavors, these products do more harm than good. But what truly caught my attention was the pervasive use of antibacterial agents like chlorhexidine and triclosan, which have been linked to a range of health issues, including antibiotic resistance and hormonal disruption.

And while my mouthwash was disrupting my oral microbiome, I knew it was time to disrupt the standards of oral care in general.

Dr. Lawrence Hier

What’s Inside a Typical Mouthwash?

It’s not enough to talk about the Drying Effect, Disruption of Oral Microbiome and increased risk of Oral Cancer. I will lead you through the toxic 7 (typical ingredients of your regular mouthwash).

CHEMICALS

  • Fluoride:

    Fluoride:

    Toxicity: While fluoride is widely recognized for its role in preventing dental caries, excessive ingestion can lead to fluorosis, a condition characterized by discoloration and weakening of tooth enamel.

    However, chronic fluoride exposure has also been linked to skeletal fluorosis, a debilitating bone disease, particularly in regions with high fluoride concentrations in water sources.

  • Methyl Salicylate (Wintergreen):

    Methyl Salicylate (Wintergreen):

    Toxicity: Methyl salicylate is often added to mouthwashes for its minty flavor and analgesic properties.

    However, ingestion of large quantities can be toxic, leading to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, methyl salicylate poisoning can result in respiratory depression and organ failure.

  • Alcohol:

    Alcohol:

    Toxicity: Chlorhexidine is a potent antibacterial agent used to combat oral bacteria and plaque.

    However, it can cause staining of teeth and tongue, altered taste perception, and oral mucosal irritation. Prolonged use can also lead to an imbalance in the oral microbiome, potentially resulting in fungal infections and other complications.

  • Triclosan:

    Triclosan:

    Toxicity: Chlorhexidine is a potent antibacterial agent used to combat oral bacteria and plaque.

    However, it can cause staining of teeth and tongue, altered taste perception, and oral mucosal irritation. Prolonged use can also lead to an imbalance in the oral microbiome, potentially resulting in fungal infections and other complications.

  • Chlorhexidine:

    Chlorhexidine:

    Toxicity: Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent commonly found in oral care products.

    However, it has been associated with hormone disruption, particularly affecting thyroid function. Moreover, triclosan has been found to contribute to antibiotic resistance, posing a significant public health concern.

  • Artificial Colors and Flavors:

    Artificial Colors and Flavors:

    Toxicity: Artificial colors and flavors are often added to mouthwashes to improve taste and appearance.

    However, many of these additives have been linked to adverse health effects, including allergic reactions and behavioral disorders in children. Some artificial colors have also been identified as potential carcinogens.

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS):

    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS):

    Toxicity: SLS is a surfactant commonly used in mouthwashes to create foam and disperse active ingredients.

    However, it can cause oral irritation, including mucosal dryness and sensitivity. SLS has also been associated with canker sores and may exacerbate symptoms in individuals with existing oral conditions.

CONCLUSION

Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to certain chemicals found in mouthwashes can increase the risk of oral cancer, disrupt the delicate balance of our oral microbiome, and even contribute to systemic health problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It became clear to me that we needed to rethink our approach to oral care. Armed with this knowledge, I set out to create a mouthwash that not only effectively cleansed the mouth but also prioritized the health and well-being of our users.

Drawing inspiration from natural remedies and cutting-edge science, our team developed a formulation free from harmful chemicals and instead focused on harnessing the power of natural ingredients with proven antimicrobial properties.

COMPARE BY YOURSELF

NATURAL COTN SPRAY
NATURAL COTN SPRAY

NATURAL COTN SPRAY

  • Gentle
  • No fluoride, alcohol, propylene
  • glycol, SLS
  • Safe for daily use
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  • Instant relief from dry mouth
  • Balanced Oral Microbiome
  • Suitable for Sensitive Individuals
  • Anti-inflammatory Effects
VS
TYPICAL MOUTHWASH
TYPICAL MOUTHWASH

TYPICAL MOUTHWASH

  • Contains Toxic and Harsh
    Chemicals

  • Dryes out the mouth

  • Disrupts Oral
    Microbiome

  • My contribute
    to orcal cancer risk

  • Contributes to Antibiotic
    Resistance

  • Temporary
    solution

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How does it work?

A spritz or two of the dry mouth spray coats your mouth with moisture, instantly relieving that dry, cotton mouth feeling and leaving your mouth feeling refreshed and hydrated.

Can I use COTN+ Spray alongside my medication?

Absolutely! COTN+ Spray is designed to alleviate dry mouth symptoms, often caused by various medications. However, it's always a good practice to check with your healthcare professional or pharmacist if you have concerns about potential interactions. Our formula is non-toxic and mainly uses natural ingredients like spearmint and peppermint oils for a refreshing feel.

What's in the spray?

The COTN+ cotton mouth spray is formulated with safe and non-toxic ingredients. It contains xylitol, known to stimulate saliva production, as well as a blend of soothing oils including tea tree, peppermint, and eucalyptus, which provide moisture and offer instant dry mouth relief.

How many sprays does each bottle contain?

Each bottle of COTN+ Mouth Spray is loaded with approx. 220 number of sprays.

Does COTN+ have a taste?

COTN+ has a very subtle, refreshing mint taste created from natural sources including Peppermint, Spearmint, and sugar-free Xylitol. Our customers love the taste and sometimes spray even when they are not needing it for dry mouth.

Is COTN+ safe for daily use?

Absolutely! COTN+ Mouth Spray is ideal for everyday use. It helps maintain hydration and keeps your mouth feeling comfortable and fresh every day.

How can I cancel my COTN+ subscription if I need to?

If you need to stop your subscription, no stress! Simply send an email to our support team at hello@cotnspray.com, and we’ll sort everything out for you.