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HOW MOUTHWASH CAN CAUSE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

HOW MOUTHWASH CAN CAUSE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

 Mouthwash can cause high blood pressure. A Swedish study found that after 19 healthy people rinsed with an antiseptic mouthwash twice daily for a week, their blood pressure increased 2 to 3.5 mm Hg. That kind of increase, if maintained, can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by 7 percent. Researchers explain that the same agents that kill oral bacteria to reduce the risk of plaque and gingivitis also kill good bacteria and nitrates.  Nitrates convert to nitric oxide, which is responsible for dialting and relaxing blood vessels.  The good news for Americans is that the study used mouthwash containing chlorhexidine, an ingredient that is only used in prescription mouthwashes in the US.  It is unknown if our over the counter brands would have the same effect.  (Men's Health)