A new study has found that people who use mouthwash products more than three times a day have an increased chance of developing mouth and throat cancers.
Researchers with the University of Glasgow Dental School found that people who use mouthwash products more than three times a day have an increased chance of developing mouth and throat cancers.
Those with dental problems like bleeding gums, dentures, and poor oral health were at the greatest risk. Some of these things are already linked with an increased risk of cancer, so using a mouthwash only seems to amplify the existing dangers.
The researchers also pointed out that there is a link to excessive use of mouthwash by people hoping to cover the smell of smoke or alcohol. Smoking and alcoholism are also independent risk factors for oral cancer.
As Anthony Gucciardi reported, coconut oil in particular can have profoundly positive effects on dental health when used in oil pulling.
Coconut oil is able to combat cavities, whiten teeth, and destroy candida albicans, a yeast that can lead to life-threatening infections.
Oil pulling involves swishing with organic coconut oil on a daily basis for 15-20 minutes, or as long as you can. After rinsing with the oil, spit it out as it has drawn bacteria and contaminants from your mouth—things you don’t want to swallow.
Another alternative is brushing with a coconut oil blend. Many people make their own toothpastes out of coconut oil, baking soda, and a few drops of peppermint essential oil. While neither will provide that burning feeling that many have come to associate with “clean”, they will help maintain dental health, and isn’t that the ultimate goal?