Mouthwash Could Be Harmful to Children
Is Your Mouthwash Harming Your Children's Health
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Toothpastes may pose health risks
BY DR. WARREN SCHERER
New York University College of Dentistry
Some of the toothpastes and tooth whiteners that promise pearly white teeth may, in fact, hold possible health risks for consumers.
They could alter the chemistry of the oral cavity or be abrasive to the teeth and gums.
The public is cautioned against excessive use of products containing "dioforms," which are abrasive substances that can cause the breakdown of tooth enamel.
Products containing the ingredients silica and cellulose, in particular, should be avoided when gum disease, tooth decay, sensitivity and receding gums are present.
While these ingredients can remove tartar and make teeth whiter in appearance, they also may do harm to dental health by altering the acidic balance of the mouth, gums and tongue.
Some tooth care products found in health food stores also can lull consumers into a false sense of security.
Because these products do not contain chemicals or preservatives, consumers tend to believe they are necessarily beneficial. But many of these health store toothpastes omit fluoride, which helps fight cavities, and are also high in sodium, which in excess can. contribute to high blood pressure and other diseases.
Other products which may be detrimental to oral health can be found in ethnic supply stores.
These include products manufactured in India that use a red tint designed to make the gums appear healthier by providing a sharp contrast to the color of the teeth.
Consumers are advised to judge the oral health safety of a product by looking for American Dental Association certification, and to avoid all non-ADA endorsed products claiming dramatic results.
Along with being mindful about their toothpaste, consumers also should be careful about the type of toothbrush used.
Recent studies have shown that soft-bristle toothbrushes are more efficient than their hard-bristle counterparts for proper dental hygiene, last just as long as the hard-bristle variety, and also are better tolerated by gum tissues.
Using a hard-bristle brush can cause bleeding of the gums despite the apparent absence of periodontal disease.
(Dr. Warren Scherer is an associate professor of restorative and prosthodontic sciences at New York University College of Dentistry.)
_Mouthwashes pose hazard to children
Scripps Howard News Service
The effort to prevent children from being poisoned by mouthwashes that contain alcohol is gaining momentum.
A petition calling attention to the danger of alcohol-containing mouthwashes has been filed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission by the attorneys general of 27 states and several medical and health organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Opponents of the mouthwashes point out that 10,000 children under age 6 have been poisoned by them during the past five years.
They note one ounce of mouthwash with a large amount of alcohol can cause seizures, brain damage and comas in small children, and five ounces can be fatal.
ORAL HYGIENE RISKY
People tend to assume that if a product appears on the supermarket shelves, it is totally safe, having been thoroughly checked out by the appropriate government regulatory agencies. Time and again, however, that assumption has proven incorrect. Here are some examples related to oral hygiene products:
After adjusting for the possible variables of alcohol and tobacco consumption, cancer researchers found that the risk of oral cancer was 40% higher in male mouthwash users, and 60% higher in female users. The risk was found only for mouthwashes with high alcohol content.
A Canadian professor of Gastroenterologist believes that swallowing toothpaste could lead to Crohn's disease. Animal studies on the subject resulted in the discovery of enteric lesions, thus indicating that a toothpaste-disease link may be possible for humans. Because children tend to swallow toothpaste.
Spectrum Consumer Products Co., Houston, was quick to take advantage of the National Cancer Institute report linking high alcohol content liquid mouthwashes with increased risk of cancer in the oral cavity.
Reason: the company had already marketed an alcohol-free, "dry" mouthwash in which surfactants take the place of alcohol as a solvent. Called Spritz, the product uses technology covered by two U.S. patents (4,919,918 and 4,971,785) and 15 foreign patents pending. It is in limited distribution in Texas and is also sold directly by mail. The company points out that most national brands of mouthwash contain between IO and 27 percent alcohol.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL April 23, 1991, B1
Milder Listerine Announced Following Cancer Report
By RON WINSLOW
Staff Report of the Wall Street Journal
_Mouthwashes may harm children
High alcohol mouthwashes may raise a person's risk of developing oral cancer by as much as 60%. Danger threshold: Mouthwashes with an alcohol content of 25% or higher (as indicated on their labels) have been implicated in mouth, tongue and throat cancers. Theory: Alcohol acts as a solvent in the mouth, making tissues more vulnerable to carcinogens.
Research by the by the National Cancer, reported in Working Mother, 230 Park Ave., New York 10169
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