Experts says mouthwash is a danger to diabetes


Many of us, mouthwash would be a great way to freshen the breath since it leaves that cool feeling in the mouth.  Also kills lots of bacteria in the mouths that toothpaste alone won’t be able to kill.  But, according to a new research this practice could lead to a health risk, it might diabetes in the future.

Researchers believe that mouthwash not only kills the bad bacteria in the mouth, but also the good ones.   This can alter blood sugar metabolism and promote diabetes in the future.   The danger is twice if you have a family with diabetes.

Study co-author Rakesh P. Patel — from the Department of Pathology and Center for Free Radical Biology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham — and colleagues have published their findings in the journal Nitric Oxide.

An estimate of more than 30.3 million people in the United States have diabetes, which is a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels.

A further 84.1 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, wherein blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough to warrant a diabetes diagnosis.

Being overweight is a risk factor for diabetes since it heightens the risk of diabetes.  Now, new study says that mouthwash could make diabetes even riskier.

Diabetes risk increased by 55 percent

The scientists came to their intriguing findings by analyzing the data of 1,206 overweight or obese adults aged 40–65. All adults were part of the San Juan Overweight Adults Longitudinal Study, and they were free of diabetes and major cardiovascular diseases at study baseline.

As part of the study, participants were asked how often they used mouthwash. A total of 43 percent of the subjects said that they used mouthwash at least once daily, while 22 percent said that they used it at least twice daily.

Over an average of 3 years of follow-up, the team monitored the development of prediabetes or diabetes among the participants. A total of 945 subjects were included in the final analysis.

Compared with participants who did not use mouthwash, those who reported using mouthwash at least twice daily were 55 percent more likely to develop prediabetes or diabetes over 3 years.

There was no association between using mouthwashes less than twice per day and the risk of prediabetes or diabetes, the researchers report.

These findings persisted after accounting for a number of possible confounding factors, including diet, oral hygiene, sleep disorders, medication use, fasting glucose levels, income, and education levels.

Frequent regular use of over-the-counter mouthwash was associated with increased risk of developing prediabetes/diabetes in this population.”

Mouthwash may destroy ‘good’ oral bacteria

Many mouthwashes contains antibacterial compounds — such as chlorhexidine — that kill bacteria in order to help prevent gingivitis, tooth decay, and other oral health conditions.

Patel and colleagues suspect that these compounds also destroy “good” bacteria in the mouth that are important for the formation of nitric oxide, which is a chemical compound that helps to regulate insulin — the hormone that controls blood sugar levels.

Therefore, the destruction of this beneficial bacteria could encourage the development of diabetes.

Given that more than 200 million people in the U.S. use mouthwash, these latest findings could be a cause for concern. However, it is important to note that the study is purely observational.

Patel and colleagues say that further research is needed to determine whether a seemingly innocent oral hygiene product is really a risk factor for diabetes.

In case, you didn’t know, mouthwash is not invented to make the mouth smell nice.  During the early days, it has a lot of uses that none of us would think is possible.  Here are 7 clever ways to use mouthwash:

  1. Cleanse your face – if you want to clean your face and you are out of astringent, using mouthwash could also achieve the same result.
  2. Treat your athlete’s foot – mouthwash can treat those fungus on your toe nail fungus
  3. Clean your clothes – socks are full of bacteria which might harm your body in the long term.
  4. Underarm Odor – Deodorants can treat those underarm problems, but it has an unpleasant odor, which might cause do little to attack the cause of the problem.  You can use the mouthwash to get rid of the bacteria that causes perspiration odor.
  5. Disinfect a cut – Before it was use in the mouth, it was a disinfectant use for surgical infections.
  6. Get rid of dandruffs – All you need to do is to follow your regular shampoo with a mouthwash rinse and your problem would be gone for good.
  7. Clean the toilet – By using the mouthwash, your toilet would be free from those germs, leaving your toilets sparkling clean.

Source: Medical News Today, Reader’s Digest