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Mouthwash: Beneficial or Harmful?

DID YOU KNOW that killing 99.9% of germs isn't necessarily a good thing?

Oral Bacteria converts nitrates into nitric oxide - mouthwash can destroy this bacteria, which can raise blood pressure and cause a slew of other issues.

Our guts contain bacteria, and keeping our guts balanced determines overall health outcomes. ✨️

A study published in 'Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology' supported the mouthwash oral Bacteria connection: Good bacteria in the mouth allows for the conversion of dietary nitrate—commonly found in vegetables—into nitric oxide (NO). That molecule, in turn, helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels.

What's the issue with mouthwash? These primary ingredients:

⚠️alcohol (dries the mouth and kills bacteria),

⚠️chlorine dioxide (bleaching agent),

⚠️chlorhexidine (antiseptic/allergen)

⚠️and formaldehyde (carcinogenic)

🚩These chemicals can destroy oral bacteria responsible for producing nitric oxide

Another study:

"Conclusion: In this study, frequent regular use of over-the-counter mouthwash was associated with increased risk of hypertension, independent of major risk factors for hypertension and several other potential confounders."


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