Dentist Sandy Springs: Mouthwash and Oral Cancer

Sandy Springs Dentist near me
Michael Douglas had throat cancer

There appears to be controversy with respect to whether or not mouthwash containing alcohol may be related to oral cancer.  This controversy arises out the studies that show a link between oral cancer and those that drink alcohol.  Michael Douglas is the most recent case in point.  He has been reported to be a
heavy smoker and imbibe alcohol on what is rumored to be on frequent occasions.  The obvious link in theory is that most mouthwash formulas contain alcohol, so the conclusion is that a link to mouthwash must exist here also.  The problem is there are no conclusive studies and at this time there appears to be insufficient evidence to alter the ADA’s approval of mouthwash containing  alcohol as an effective method for the prevention and reduction of gingivitis
and plaque above the gumline when used as directed.  The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs awarded  the ADA Seal of Acceptance to these products after a thorough review of data on  their safety and effectiveness.

Of all the studies published on this topic, beginning in 1979,  four studies reported some positive results while five found no association. (citations omitted)  What we know is that  none of the criteria for causality have been fulfilled by the studies that have  been published so far.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an extension of the World Health Organization, now identifies the consumption of ethanol in alcoholic beverages as a carcinogenic risk.[1]  Alcohol abuse is associated with cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and  esophagus. Ibid.  However, the reason for this association is  not fully understood – it may be due to a direct effect of alcohol on these  tissue.[2]  Because of the conflicting studies and  endorsements We could advise you  to keep using alcohol formulated mouth rinses.  But if you are concerned and wish to stay on the safe side of the  debate, there are non-alcohol based mouth rinses available that appear to be  effective in the prevention of gingivitis and plaque.

Our job is to try and educate you on the contemporary issues we face in addressing your oral  health and if there are any questions you would like to pose, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation. We offer free oral cancer screenings during the month of April.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

 


[1] International
Agency for Research on Cancer. IARC monographs on the evaluation of
carcinogenic risks to humans. Volume 96. Alcoholic beverage consumption and
ethyl carbamate (urethane). Lyon, France: 6-13 February 2007.

[2] Lachenmeier
DW. Safety evaluation of topical applications of ethanol on the skin and inside
the oral cavity. J Occup Med Toxicol 2008;3:26.

Mouthwash and Oral Cancer

Top Sandy Springs dentist near meThere appears to be controversy over whether mouthwash containing alcohol may be related to oral cancer that arises out the studies that show a link between oral cancer and the consumption of alcohol.  By extension, if drinking alcohol may cause cancer than so should alcohol based mouthwash. The problem is there are no conclusive studies and insufficient evidence to alter the ADA’s approval of mouthwash containing alcohol as an effective method for the prevention and reduction of gingivitis and plaque.

What we know is that none of the criteria for causality have been fulfilled by the published studies so far.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an extension of the World Health Organization, now identifies the consumption of ethanol in alcoholic beverages as a carcinogenic risk.[1] Alcohol abuse is associated with cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. Ibid.  However, the reason for this association is not fully understood.[2]

Because of the conflicting studies and endorsements we could advise you to keep using alcohol formulated mouth rinses.  But if you are concerned and wish to stay on the safe side of the debate, there are non-alcohol based mouth rinses available that appear to be effective in the prevention of gingivitis and plaque.

Our job is to try and educate you on the contemporary issues we face in addressing your oral health and if there are any questions you would like to pose, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Related articles

[1] International Agency for Research on Cancer. IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans. Volume 96. Alcoholic beverage consumption and ethyl carbamate (urethane). Lyon, France: 6-13 February 2007.

[2] Lachenmeier DW. Safety evaluation of topical applications of ethanol on the skin and inside the oral cavity. J Occup Med Toxicol 2008;3:26.

Dentist Buckhead: Why Conserve Water When Brushing?

Dentist near meBecause we all need to do our part.  But also, because it will pay for your home dental care.  Water is taken for granted by most people in the US, but water is quickly become an at risk commodity because of our wasteful habits.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “The average bathroom faucet [in a home built post 1992] flows at a rate of two gallons per minute [GPM], but for homes built pre-1992, faucets flow at a rate of 4 GPM.  Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime can save up to 8 gallons of water per day [post-1992 faucet], which equals 240 gallons a month!”

While we in dentistry encourage our patients to brush twice a day for the rest of your life, the time has come where we need to be more socially conscious in the education of our patient pool with respect to their use of water while brushing.  I encourage all of your family members and friends to turn the water off every time they brush their teeth (at least twice a day) and run the water only when necessary as in rinsing your mouth or cleaning your brush.

That’s it?  Yes, that’s all you have to do to be good environmental citizens.  Depending on where your water source come from, turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can have a positive impact on our springs, rivers, and wetland habitats that might otherwise be damaged by water treatment plants.  The incremental impact when taken as a whole can be lessened in huge ways that will positively affect our entire country and for that matter the entire earth.   Applying this practice will equal a savings of over 2,800 gallons of water per year for each individual in the US who takes this simple step.  And for those still operating pre-1992 faucets, the number is double.

If you are one of those people that don’t think about how much water your faucet it putting out, you will probably leave your water running while you brush your teeth.  Generally, the average person will turn on the water, rinse their tooth brush, put tooth paste on tooth brush, brush their teeth, spit a couple times, brush a little more, rinse tooth brush off, maybe even use a mouth rinse or mouth wash, swish that around a bit, spit it out, rinse out the sink, and finally turn off the water.  This process can take up to 3 minutes to complete.   In fact, the Oral-B electric brush does a 3 minute countdown to brushing your teeth.   So during those 3 minutes about 12 gallons of water is wasted. The average person brushes their teeth 2 – 3 times a day, which would now make your water usage about 24 to 36 gallons of water per person per day.  Looked at the usage from this approach, we are up to a single person brushing their teeth anywhere from 732 to 1098 gallons of per month, which is a drastic difference from the conservative amount estimated in the paragraph above.  With 365 days in a year, that’s over 13,000 gallons a year.  That’s an awful lot of wasted water.

It’s easy.  Make a conscious effort to turn off the water while you brush your teeth.  Each person in each family can use water more efficiently to preserve water supplies and our environment for future generations.  This means that you, your family, and your friends can participate in protecting the future of our nation’s limited water supply and your children’s future each time you brush your teeth.  And a self-imposed effort now could avoid our government from stepping in and imposing conservation later.  Conserving water is not incompatible with brushing twice a day and as model citizens, you become trustees of small measures that will make a big difference and ensure efficient use of our water supply for generations to come.

It makes cents. If you can’t be motivated by being green, then look at the dollars.  The average cost of water is $0.005/gallon.  So if a single person uses 13,000 gallons of water a year to brush their teeth, this costs $65/year for 1 person to brush their teeth. So take $65 and multiply this by how many people live in your home and you will see how much water is costing you just for you to keep your teeth healthy.  And this doesn’t even count that most jurisdictions charge 1 to 4x’s for the cost of sewering the water.

It’s simple.  Turn your water off unless you are using it.  Don’t turn on your water and just let it run in the sink while you are brushings your teeth.   And if your faucet is older than 1992, you should to buy a new one.

As always, if we can be of help please contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA, 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Related articles

Dentist Buckhead: Mouthwash and Oral Cancer

Michael_Douglas_There appears to be controversy over whether mouthwash containing alcohol may be related to oral cancer.  This controversy arises out the studies that show a link between oral cancer and the consumption alcohol.  By extension, if drinking alcohol may cause cancer than so should alcohol based mouthwash.  Michael Douglas is the most recent case in point.  He has been reported to be a heavy smoker and imbibe alcohol on what is rumored to be frequent in occasions.  The problem is there are no conclusive studies and at this time there appears to be insufficient evidence to alter the ADA’s approval of mouthwash containing alcohol as an effective method for the prevention and reduction of gingivitis and plaque.  The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs awarded the ADA Seal of Acceptance to alcohol based mouthwashes after a thorough review of data on their safety and effectiveness.

Of all the studies published on this topic, beginning in 1979, four studies reported some positive results while five found no association. (citations omitted)  What we know is that none of the criteria for causality have been fulfilled by the published studies so far.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an extension of the World Health Organization, now identifies the consumption of ethanol in alcoholic beverages as a carcinogenic risk.[1] Alcohol abuse is associated with cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. Ibid.  However, the reason for this association is not fully understood – it may be due to a direct effect of alcohol on these tissue.[2]  Because of the conflicting studies and endorsements I could advise you to keep using alcohol formulated mouth rinses.  But if you are concerned and wish to stay on the safe side of the debate, there are non-alcohol based mouth rinses available that appear to be effective in the prevention of gingivitis and plaque.

Our job is to try and educate you on the contemporary issues we face in addressing your oral health and if there are any questions you would like to pose, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Related articles


[1] International Agency for Research on Cancer. IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans. Volume 96. Alcoholic beverage consumption and ethyl carbamate (urethane). Lyon, France: 6-13 February 2007.

[2] Lachenmeier DW. Safety evaluation of topical applications of ethanol on the skin and inside the oral cavity. J Occup Med Toxicol 2008;3:26.

Dentist Atlanta: Mouthwash and Oral Cancer

Atlanta dentist near meThere appears to be controversy with respect to whether or not mouthwash containing alcohol may be related to oral cancer.  This controversy arises out the studies that show a link between oral cancer and those that drink alcohol.  Michael Douglas is the most recent case in point.  He has been reported to be a heavy smoker and imbibe alcohol on what is rumored to be on frequent occasions.  The obvious link in theory is that most mouthwash formulas contain alcohol, so the conclusion is that a link to mouthwash must exist here also.  The problem is there are no conclusive studies and at this time there appears to be insufficient evidence to alter the ADA’s approval of mouthwash containing alcohol as an effective method for the prevention and reduction of gingivitis and plaque above the gumline when used as directed.  The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs awarded the ADA Seal of Acceptance to these products after a thorough review of data on their safety and effectiveness.

Of all the studies published on this topic, beginning in 1979, four studies reported some positive results while five found no association. (citations omitted)  What we know is that none of the criteria for causality have been fulfilled by the studies that have been published so far.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an extension of the World Health Organization, now identifies the consumption of ethanol in alcoholic beverages as a carcinogenic risk.[1] Alcohol abuse is associated with cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. Ibid. However, the reason for this association is not fully understood – it may be due to a direct effect of alcohol on these tissue.[2] Because of the conflicting studies and endorsements I could advise you to keep using alcohol formulated mouth rinses.  But if you are concerned and wish to stay on the safe side of the debate, there are non-alcohol based mouth rinses available that appear to be effective in the prevention of gingivitis and plaque.

Our job is to try and educate you on the contemporary issues we face in addressing your oral health and if there are any questions you would like to pose, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Related articles

 


[1] International Agency for Research on Cancer. IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans. Volume 96. Alcoholic beverage consumption and ethyl carbamate (urethane). Lyon, France: 6-13 February 2007.

[2] Lachenmeier DW. Safety evaluation of topical applications of ethanol on the skin and inside the oral cavity. J Occup Med Toxicol 2008;3:26.