Attention Mouthwash Users:
If you or anyone you know relies on alcohol-based mouthwash for fresh breath, you may be taking a huge risk.Is mouthwash linked to oral cancer?
Reports have suggested a strong link between alcohol-based mouthwash and oral-throat cancer.
It’s a controversial subject, yet so few people know about it. Alarmingly, many people continue buying alcohol-based mouthwash in large quantities because as a society, we’re obsessed about fresh breath.
I’m going to reveal why mouthwashes can be hazardous to your health.
Some reports indicate there isn’t clear proof that supports a DIRECT link between alcohol-based mouthwashes and oral cancer as well as throat cancer.
No surprise there, because the link isn’t direct.
Hidden Truth Revealed…
You only hear what they want you to hear.
The mouthwash industry is such a huge money-maker. Do you think for a moment the big manufacturers would come clean if they found a clear link between mouthwash and cancer? No. They know exactly how to keep blowing smoke to hide issues that might compromise the steady flow of cash into their coffers.
They also know exactly how to maintain the noise of scientific study after study to support the benefit of alcohol-based mouthwash – that it kills the bacteria that causes bad breath.
You’ll continue seeing studies that prove how effective alcohol-based mouthwash is at killing bacteria. You won’t see anything on how harmful or counter-productive it can be. An unfavorable truth like that could hurt their bottom line, so they’ll make every effort to bury it under a stack of studies and statistics that support their product.
Here’s a dirty little secret. There’s NO money in whistle-blowing studies that would grind a gravy train industry to a halt. The real money is in studies that continue supporting a profitable business.
In the end, you only hear what they want you to hear.
Does Mouthwash CAUSE cancer? That’s not the right question. The industry prefers that question because it’s easier to dismiss it with a statement saying there’s no clear evidence to support that. It’s not a direct link, so they can quickly diffuse any public concern any time the issue pops up.
The BETTER question you need to ask is whether use of alcohol-based mouthwash leads to increased RISK of oral cancer and throat cancer.
There’s clear evidence to support that it does.
How Mouthwash Increases Risk of Oral-Throat Cancer
Your mouth is a very hostile place – full of nasty bugs and noxious irritants.
Here’s the thing. Alcohol-based mouthwashes don’t cause cancer directly. The manufacturers will use that fact to distract you from the REAL issue.
Here’s what they don’t want you to know… Rinsing with the mouthwash will render areas of your mouth and throat wide open to attack from cancer-causing agents.
Let me explain something about your mouth. Your mouth is lined with two main types of salivary glands – mucous and serous. The mucous glands produce an effective surface barrier that protects the vulnerable tissues of your mouth. Think of it as a mucous shield. The serous is the watery stuff that aids in digestion but is not effective as a protective barrier.
Your mouth is a very hostile place – full of nasty bugs and noxious irritants. Without this mucous shield to protect you, the soft tissues of your mouth and throat would be left vulnerable.
Alcohol rinses DESTROY that mucous shield. The protective layer is dissolved away and the tissue surfaces of your mouth and throat are left unprotected and permeable to toxic irritants.
THAT’S the connection of mouthwash to oral cancer and throat cancer.
Stay tuned for Can Mouthwash Backfire on You?
About the Author: Dr. Joe Bulger is a West Toronto dentist. He’s also the owner-founder of Royal York Dental – a respected dental clinic serving Etobicoke since 1950.