Alcohol Containing Mouth Rinse linked with Increased Cancer Risk

Australian researchers have linked mouthwash containing alcohol to an increased risk of developing oral cancer. The alcohol in mouthwash is believed to allow cancer causing compounds to attack the lining of the mouth more easily.
The review author, Michael McCullough, is an Associate Professor in Oral medicine at Melbourne University. He says dentists need to be aware of the risks of mouthwash. “If they are going to recommend alcohol-containing products then they recommend it for a good reason, for a short period of time,” he said.
“With this evidence that we`ve reviewed, we think it`s not advisable for them to recommend it for the long, over a long period of time.”

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