Look For This Ingredient In a Mouthwash and Avoid Oral Cancer

2014-05-13 15:58

Some types of mouthwash are directly linked to oral cancer. This dentist talks about the benefits of using a mouthwash verse a toothbrush, but also makes two strong recommendations. There is a particular single ingredients he wants you to avoid at all costs when using a mouthwash.

A recent large study conducted by the researchers at the University of Glasgow Dental School has identified new risk factors for upper aerodigestive tract cancer (cancer of the mouth, larynx, pharynx and esophagus). The study was a part of a Europe-wide collaboration, which was co-ordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and led by the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS in Bremen, Germany. The study suggests that "excessive use of mouthwash may also cause this particular form of cancer. Excessive use is defined as more than three times a day."

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EmaxHealth asked Dr. Kourosh Maddahi, author of Anti-Aging Dentistry and a cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, CA to comment on the study. Here is what Dr. Maddahi sent to EmaxHealth in a written statement.

It is not a little known fact that alcohol is terrible for oral health. It not only affects the molecular structure of oral tissue, possibly causing cancer over time, but it is also attributed to drying of the mouth which could contribute to bad breath. So why is it in your mouthwash? There isn't enough research to support mouthwash actually causing cancer in the mouth, but considering the aforementioned side effects of alcohol, it’s no surprise that the link is being suggested with mouthwashes that contain it. There are, however many benefits to mouthwash that just brushing and flossing alone won't cover. Because it’s a liquid and can be used to pull the bacteria from spaces that are otherwise difficult to reach, and it can give the gums nutrients that they are lacking.


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If you're looking to avoid alcohol in mouthwash, also stay away from mouthwashes that contain benzalkonium chloride or triclosan.