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Mouthwash can cause cancer

Enzyme in the human body converts alcohol into acetaldehyde, a substance that can cause tumors in the mouth and pharynx

 
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The sale of mouthwash grew 2,277% between 1992 and 2007, according to research by the School of Public Health of São Paulo (FSPSP). The mouthwash that often burn the mouth are the favorites of the people, for they think they are the best. This burning sensation is caused by the presence of alcohol.

But a study done by the dentist Marco Antonio Manfredini suggests that the presence of alcohol in the composition of the product increases the risk of cancer of the mouth and pharynx.

Alcohol itself is not a cancer-causing, the problem is the existence of an enzyme in our body that turns into acetaldehyde, a substance that can change the cells in the mouth, resulting in tumors.

Most mouthwashes contain alcohol sold in Brazil. Some brands have up to 26%, and many people use the product daily. Ideally, according to dentists, is to choose alcohol-free mouthwash.

Other studies in different parts of the world point to the same alert. In Brazil, according to the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), manufacturers are obliged to inform about the presence of alcohol in the product packaging.

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   Palavras-chave:   Mouthwash    Mouth cancer    Pharyngeal cancer    Alcohol    School of Public Health of São Paulo    FSPSP   
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