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Monday, 27 January 2014

SHOCK CLAIM: Mouthwash Increases Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke... -

SHOCK CLAIM: Mouthwash Increases Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke... - 

CERTAIN types of mouthwash increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke and are a “disaster” for health, scientists have warned.

Used by millions of Britons every day, they can increase blood pressure by killing off “good” bacteria that help blood vessels relax.

Professor Amrita Ahluwalia, of Queen Mary, University of London, said: “Killing off all these bugs each day is a disaster when small rises in blood pressure have significant impact on morbidity and mortality from heart disease and stroke.

“We are not telling people to stop using antiseptic mouthwashes if they have a gum or tooth infection but we would ask why anyone else would want to.”

The shocking findings come as sales of mouthwash are booming. A third of adults use it, according to the British Dental Health Foundation, creating a market worth more than £150million a year.

The study, published in the journal Free Radical Biology And Medicine, tracked the blood pressure of 19 healthy people who started using Corsodyl twice a day.

Their blood pressure shot up by between 2 and 3.5 units. For each two-point rise in blood pressure, the risk of dying from heart disease rises by seven per cent and the risk of dying from stroke by 10 per cent.

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