Monday, February 23, 2009

MOUTHWASH - Link to cancer

A new study has found sufficient evidence implicating alcohol containing mouthwash in oral cancer. An Australian whose finding were pulished in the Dental Journal of Australia, said some mouthwashes were more dangerous than wine or beer because they contained higher concentration of alcohol, as high as 26%.

The Alcohol in mouthwash allows cancer- cauisng substances such as nicotine to penetrate the lining of the mouth easily. It result in a toxic breakdown products of alcohol called acetaldehyde - another carcinogen - which can accumulate n the oral cavity when swished aroud the mouth.The evidence was based on an international study of 3,210 people, which found daily mouthwash "a significant risk factor" for head and neck cancer. The effect were worse in smokers who had a nine-fold increase in risk of cancer of oral cavity, pharynx and larynx.

Those who drank alcohol were more than 5 times at risk.However, British Dental Association and Cancer Research UK cautioned thatmore research was needed to confirm the findings.

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