Article: Volume 43 Number 8 Page 728 - October 2016

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Preventive Dentistry:  Mouthwashes: Do They Work and Should We Use Them? Part 3 Safety of Mouthwashes

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Abstract: There have been numerous reports in the scientific literature investigating the possible association between alcohol-containing mouthwashes and oral cancer but relatively few epidemiological surveys have taken place and the findings have been equivocal. This article will address the controversial issue of the safety of mouthwashes and provide an objective assessment of the latest scientific evidence.

Clinical relevance: The evidence surrounding the safety of ‘over the counter’ alcohol-containing mouthwashes is evaluated. This provides guidance for dentists and dental care professionals of when it is appropriate to recommend mouthwash use to their patients.

Author notes: Penny Hodge, PhD, FDS RCS(Ed), Specialist Periodontist/Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow Dental School, 378 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JZ, UK.

Objective: To understand the current available evidence regarding the safety of alcohol-containing mouthwashes.


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