September 09, 2013

Mouthwash Not Associated With Oral Cancer

There has been a longstanding controversy whether use of mouthwash containing a high alcohol content and the risk of oral cancer are associated.  Researchers from the European Institute of Oncology, the International Prevention Research Institute, and the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri conducted an analysis of epidemiological studies of mouthwash containing more than 25% alcohol and oral cancer.  Eighteen studies were included in the meta-analysis and researchers reported there were no statistically significant associations between regular use of mouthwash and risk of oral cancer.  They found, furthermore, no significant trend in risk of oral cancer associated with daily usage of mouthwash, and no association between reported use of mouthwash specifically containing high alcohol content and risk of oral cancer.  

Source:  Annals of Agriculturaland Environmental Medicine 19(2):173-80

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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