Can Regular Use of Mouthwash Increase the Risk for Prediabetes and Diabetes?

By NaDica | Articles

Nov 24

Do you use mouthwash as part of your dental care? Do you use mouthwash twice per day?

Then you might know about this new study and what it says about mouthwash. For many people, using over-the-counter mouthwash is part of their oral hygiene care.

But, the potentially harmful effects of its daily use on the long term have not been investigated. According to this study, the mouthwash is not as harmless as we thought.

How Mouthwash Affects Your Health

According to a recent study, individuals who use over-the-counter mouthwash twice on a daily basis are 50 percent more likely to develop prediabetes and diabetes.

This is in comparison to those who use mouthwash just once on a daily basis. Or those who do not use mouthwash at all.  This study was published in the journal Nitric Oxide. The factor here seems to be the helpful bacteria which lives inside the bodies.

According the authors of the study using antibacterial mouthwash might eradicate oral microbes. These microbes are necessary for the formation of the nitric oxide and place the user at risk for metabolic disorders.

The San Juan Overweight Adults Longitudinal Study

To assess this association, the authors conducted the SOALS, i.e., San Juan Overweight Adults Longitudinal Study. This study included around 1,206 obese or overweight adults from 40 to 65 years.

The patients did not have cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Around 945 patients actually had full follow-up data for analyses.

According to the data, 43 percent of patients used mouthwash once on a daily basis. Furthermore, 22 percent used mouthwash twice on a daily basis. Those who used mouthwash twice on a daily basis at a baseline actually showed notably elevated risk of diabetes and prediabetes.

This is in comparison to those people who used mouthwash less frequently or never.

The effects and its size were consistent after factoring in C-reactive protein, income, oral hygiene, education, two-hour post-load sugar, oral conditions, fasting sugar, sleep breathing disorders, HOMA-IR, drugs, and diet.

The participants who used mouthwash once per day did not show a risk. This suggests that effects begin at the threshold of using mouthwash twice or more on a daily basis.

Other Evidence That Mouthwash Is a Concern

The Journal of Periodontal Research published a study according to which certain mouth bacteria is protective against obesity and diabetes.

Another 2013 study came to the discovery that using mouthwash for 7 days can lower the production of oral nitrite by 90 percent. Also, it can reduce blood nitrite levels by 25 percent. In this particular study, the shifts caused blood pressure spikes.

What Should You Do

You should stick to one rinse per day or maybe none unless your dentist has advised you to rinse your mouth twice per day. Also, according to researchers elimination of helpful bacteria can make room for harmful bacteria to thrive.

If you use mouthwash because you like the feeling of clean teeth, you should know that the American Dental Association does list mouthwash use on a daily basis as a needed component of proper oral health care.

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