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If alcohol drinking leads to oral cancer, then does this mean that using mouth wash also may cause cancer?
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Good question
Alcohol, by itself, is not nearly as strong a risk factor for oral cancer as alcohol and smoking.
Inflammation of the oral cavity can increase the risk of oral cancer. Most alcohol based mouth rinses are formulated not to irritate and therefore have significantly less of a carcinogenic effect.

In brief: Good question
Alcohol, by itself, is not nearly as strong a risk factor for oral cancer as alcohol and smoking.
Inflammation of the oral cavity can increase the risk of oral cancer. Most alcohol based mouth rinses are formulated not to irritate and therefore have significantly less of a carcinogenic effect.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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In brief: Perhaps
There have been suggestions that over a long period of time, alcohol containing mouthwash could have a carcinogenic effect.
I do not know of any studies that confirm this, but funding for such a study might be difficult to get. The role of alcohol in producing oral cancer is probably it's ability to dissolve & extract chemicals from tobacco &carry them into the oral tissues where cancer starts.

In brief: Perhaps
There have been suggestions that over a long period of time, alcohol containing mouthwash could have a carcinogenic effect.
I do not know of any studies that confirm this, but funding for such a study might be difficult to get. The role of alcohol in producing oral cancer is probably it's ability to dissolve & extract chemicals from tobacco &carry them into the oral tissues where cancer starts.
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
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Dr. Steven Heavner
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Unsure
While alcohol consumption is a significant risk factor (especially when mixed with tobacco smoke) for head and neck cancer, the debate about the effect of oral mouthwash continues.
There is some belief that regular exposure may increase the risk of having abnormalities along the lining of the mouth.

In brief: Unsure
While alcohol consumption is a significant risk factor (especially when mixed with tobacco smoke) for head and neck cancer, the debate about the effect of oral mouthwash continues.
There is some belief that regular exposure may increase the risk of having abnormalities along the lining of the mouth.
Dr. Steven Heavner
Dr. Steven Heavner
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