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Mouthwash Used More Than Three Times A Day May Cause Throat Cancer: Study

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In a new study it is found the excessive use of mouthwash may cause throat cancer.

Details of the finding are published in the Oral Oncology medical journal. It was conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow Dental School and it says if the mouthwash is used more than three times a day it can cause upper aerodigestive tract cancer.
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In earlier few studies it was said heavy consumption of alcohol and smoking leads to throat and mouth cancers. The risk increases when both are used together.

Researchers say a relationship may also be there between the high use of mouthwash and those who use it to mask the alcohol and smoking smell.

Clinical senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow Dental School, Dr David Conway, said people should not use mouthwash routinely even if dentist prescribe it because of the low flow of salivary. He says brushing teeth with a fluoride toothpaste regularly combined with flossing is what required.

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer may develop in any part of the mouth. It is most commonly found on the lips, the tongue, the lining of the cheeks, the gums, the floor of the mouth, and the area behind the wisdom teeth. Risk factors for oral cancer include smoking or chewing tobacco and excessive use of alcohol.

It is important to check regularly for symptoms of oral cancer. Symptoms include:

  • A sore in the mouth that bleeds easily and does not heal within 2 to 3 weeks
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek that can be felt with the tongue
  • A persistent white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth
  • Sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Unexplained difficulty chewing or swallowing or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Persistent numbness of the tongue or other areas of the mouth
  • Persistent swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or cause discomfort

Prevention

The following guidelines can help you prevent oral cancer:

  • Don’t smoke tobacco in any form (cigarettes, cigars, or pipes). Avoid smokeless (chewing) tobacco as well.
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation.
  • Get regular dental checkups.

When to Call a Health Professional

Call a health professional if one or more of the following symptoms develop and persist longer than 2 weeks without explanation. Minor irritations that clear up with home treatment are usually not a cause for concern.

  • A sore in the mouth that bleeds easily and does not heal within 2 to 3 weeks
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek that can be felt with the tongue
  • A persistent white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth
  • Sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Unexplained difficulty chewing or swallowing or moving the jaw or tongue
  • Persistent numbness of the tongue or other areas of the mouth
  • Persistent swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or cause discomfort

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