Melbourne: Mouthwashes may be recommended totreat dental infection and inflammation, but Australianscientists have claimed that frequent use of these solutions,mostly alcohol-based, increases the risk of oral cancer up tonine times.
Brands of mouthwash with more than 20 per cent alcoholcould have other harmful effects, including the gum diseasegingivitis, flat red spots called petechiae and detachment ofthe cells lining the mouth, they said. "Long-term use of ethanol-containing mouthwashes shouldbe discouraged, given recent evidence of a possible link withoral cancer," they wrote. There are many alcohol-based mouthwashes available inthe market which contain up to 26 per cent alcohol.PTI
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