Could mouthwash be putting you at risk of diabetes?
For many of us, a swig of mouthwash twice per day forms a part of our oral hygiene routine. But according to new research, this seemingly beneficial practice may pose a surprising health risk: mouthwash use could increase the risk of diabetes.
Researchers suggest that using mouthwash at least twice every day destroys “friendly” oral bacteria, which can, in turn, alter blood-sugar metabolism and promote diabetes, particularly for people who are already at high risk for the condition.
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. The essence of these findings was published in Medical News Today.
Mouthwash may destroy ‘good’ oral bacteria
Many types of mouthwash contain 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 these beneficial bacteria could encourage the development of diabetes.
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.
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