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Health Effects of Using Mouthwash

Many people use mouthwash to keep their mouths clean, but you might be surprised to know that is can actually be very bad for your health. There are also other options when it comes to making sure your smile looks great or curing bad breath. Take a look at some of the health effects below and something you can do to improve your oral health without putting your body in harm’s way.

MouthWash Can Make Canker Sores Worse

Canker sores can be very painful and are a nuisance. Using mouthwash can irritate your canker sores, make them more painful, and keep them around for longer. You should look at the alcohol content of your mouthwash. If it is extremely high, this could be what is making your canker sores worse. 

It Can Cause Oral Cancer

Due to the alcohol content of mouthwash, it is possible that the liquid can cause oral cancer. While this continues to be a debate among researchers since the 1970’s, there is little evidence. As always, when it comes to cancer, you should try to do everything in your power to reduce your risk. There are other healthier options for keeping your mouth clean than using mouthwash.

It Doesn’t Cure Bad Breath 

Bad breath can not only be bad for your overall oral hygiene, but it can also be an embarrassing condition to have. When talking to others, you are worried more about if they can smell your breath than the conversation going on. You might think that you are fixing this problem with mouthwash, but you are only putting a band-aid on it.

Using mouthwash doesn’t actually solve the problem. If your breath is really bad, you might also find that by the time you walk out of the bathroom, the fresh scent is gone. 

Can Raise Blood Pressure

There has been a lot of research as of late linking oral health with heart health. While it is important to get rid of bacteria in the mouth, you actually have some bacteria that will help to lower your blood pressure. When using mouthwash, you might get rid of the good bacteria, which in turn, can raise your blood pressure. A rise in blood pressure means a rise in your risk of heart attack.

Oil Pulling Can Help

Oil pulling is a method of keeping your mouth clean that has many great benefits. Not only can it get rid of germs, but it can also keep your teeth white and prevent the decay of your pearly whites. It involves swishing oil (either coconut, sesame, or olive oil) around in your mouth for between 10 and 20 minutes. 

When it comes to using mouthwash, weigh out the pros and cons, and make sure the risks are worth the benefit. If you are not sure about using mouthwash, consider other methods like gentle salt rinses, oil pulling, and baking soda rinses, which can help you to keep your mouth clean. It is important to make sure what you are putting into your body is beneficial and not doing more harm than good.

Image: Erschaffung at German Wikipedia

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