Oral health is very important for your overall health and because of that many people take good care of it by daily rinsing their mouth cavities with a mouthwash. But, if the mouthwash is not used properly it can even harm your health and overall well-being.
According to a conducted research the use of a certain commercial mouthwashes was associated with the increased risk of oral cancer, and among these mouthwashes was Listerine as well.
As per done statistics almost 48,000 Americans and more than 640,000 people all over the world have the diagnosis of oral cancer per year.
This type of cancer can appear on the tongue, on the mouth floor, and on the cheeks or gums. Recent studies reveal that mouthwashes might be accountable for many cases of oral cancer.
The reason why mouthwashes pose threat to your oral health is the harmful content. Mostly these products have in their content various chemicals, toxins and alcohol which can endanger your optimal oral health every time you gargle them.
Follow reading and find out what the most common used ingredients in mouthwashes are, and why they are potentially dangerous for your health.
Alcohol dries out the mucous membranes and reduces the amount of saliva thus causing the appearance of foul breath. Plus, it disturbs the pH balance of the throat and mouth. As per the Dental Journal of Australia, the use of alcohol substantially increases the risk of developing oral, head and neck cancers.
- Hexetidine (oraldene)
While gargling it is inevitable to consume some of the mouthwash, and in that way you are entering some of the contained ingredients. Excessive amounts of hexetidine provided that it is ingested can lead to clotting of some neural and sensory brain functions and eventually this will lead to a complete failure of their activity. Additionally, it was revealed that it can trigger allergies, unstable heartbeat, and as per experts it is a carcinogenic substance.
This chemical contained in the mouthwash can increase blood pressure. A conducted study released in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine confirmed that the regular use of a mouthwash containing chlorhexidine two times a day increases blood pressure and thus triggers severe heart issues. Moreover, this chemical kills good bacteria in the body which is important for the body as it relaxes the blood vessels.
The use of this chemical can accelerate the tumor growth and thereby leading to a higher risk of breast cancer. According to a conducted research this is a common ingredient in numerous deodorants, mouthwashes, and skin creams.
- Methyl Salicylate
The overdose of methyl salicylate can cause different serious consequences like kidney failure, vomiting, low blood pressure, vision loss, troubles with breathing, convulsions, and many more. Have in mind that 1 tablespoon of methyl salicylate equals 23 300mg of aspirin pills.
A study which involved the participation of patients that were suffering from existing periodontal disease showed that when these patients changed their dietary habits and turned to the consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, potatoes, lentils, spices, and water, their condition was substantially improved.
The participants of this study continued to keep their regular oral hygiene habits, and in the end of the study it was proven that the consumption of healthy foods supported and treated the oral health and prevented any further complications.
Aside the consumption of sugar scientists confirm that the intake of other foods as well as can negatively affect our oral health.
Therefore, in this article we suggest the use of a natural solution for mouthwash and that is the use of green tea. It was confirmed by conducted studies that rinsing the mouth cavity with this natural tea can prevent the development in plaque bacteria in just a few minutes. Specifically, just after 7 minutes of the use of green tea, the number of the harmful bacteria in the plaque was reduced by 50%.
Additionally, the researchers ran tests on the use of chlorhexidine against green tea, and it was revealed that the green tea is more efficient in lowering plaque, and above all it is free of chemicals thus that makes it one hundred percent safe for use.
Hence, do not hesitate to start the use of green tea and make sure to replace your mouthwash with it so that you can support your oral health, and thus avoid numerous adverse effects.