Do Mouthwashes Cause Cancer? You bet!

I run across so few people who are aware of the dangers of mouthwash. Many dentists still recommend them, and if you pay attention to TV ads, you might get the impression that using a mouthwash is as necessary as cleaning your teeth or taking a bath! What rot!

Mouthwashes can cause oral cancer, a particularly nasty and difficult cancer to treat. The main cause is the high alcohol content in many mouthwashes. Some popular brands contain more alcohol than wine or beer!

In 2008, Australian researchers reported, “There is now sufficient evidence to accept the proposition that alcohol-containing mouthwashes contribute to the increased risk of development of oral cancer”. For smokers, the risk of developing cancer of the mouth is even higher.

Apparently, as you swish many well-known mouthwashes around your mouth, the alcohol forms a chemical called acetaldehyde, a toxin that is also known to be carcinogenic and to be toxic to your organs and nervous system. It’s also one of the chemicals in alcohol that toxify your liver and kidneys and cause hangovers. Acetaldehyde has been ranked as one of the most hazardous chemicals to human health.

So if you’re concerned about dental health or bad breath, don’t reach for a popular brand mouthwash. Dissolve sea salt or baking soda in warm water and rinse.

For bad breath, chew on a mint or parsley leaf. Better yet, recognise bad breath for the symptom that it is, and get professional help to identify and eliminate the underlying cause.

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