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Does Mouthwash Increase Risks for Oral Cancer?

Does mouthwash increase risks for oral cancer? Some studies have found a link between excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol with increased risks for oral cancer, but this coincides with what is already known: 70% or oral cancer patients are heavy drinkers, suggesting it is the alcohol, not the mouthwash itself, responsible for the link. In addition to excessive alcohol consumption, tobacco use is a primary cause of oral cancer. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 80% of patients with this disease are current or former tobacco users.

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