Staying under the covers is the only thing that makes sense some days.
Take, for instance, the day I got out of bed and started reading the paper while I was walking Buzz, The Garbage Disposal That Walks Like A Dog. That was when I learned that my daily habit of keeping my teeth clean and my breath minty fresh was about to kill me.
Scientists branded the products . . . a health “disaster” claiming they raised blood pressure by killing off vital bacteria which helps blood vessels to dilate.
Using Corsodyl, which contains a powerful antiseptic and widely available in stores across the UK, can push up blood pressure within hours, the team discovered after testing it on a group of healthy volunteers.
Professor Amrita Ahluwalia, who led the study, said: “Killing off all these bugs each day is a disaster, when small rises in blood pressure have significant impact on morbidity and mortality from heart disease and stroke.”
Seriously, dudes, I have got to stop reading the news. It’s getting quite depressing.
The differences in blood pressure were apparent “within one day” of the mouthwash being used, the study published in the journal Free Radical Biology And Medicine revealed.
A two-point rise in blood pressure increased the risk of dying from heart disease by seven per cent and stroke by ten per cent, according to separate research.
Prof Ahluwalia, from Queen Mary University of London, said: “We are not telling people to stop using antiseptic mouthwashes if they have a gum or tooth infection – but we would ask why anyone else would want to.”
Apparently the bugs in your mouth produce nitrite, which is needed to promote the healthy dilation of blood vessels in the body. Without the nitrite, the vessels don’t dilate and your blood pressure goes up.
I wouldn’t say I’m shocked — because lately it seems that everything we do, eat, drink, or watch is bad for us and it’s only a matter of time before the study announcing these sad facts comes out — but I am disappointed. I wouldn’t have thought that scouring my mouth of the germs that cause bad breath would be anything but good.
No matter how hard you try, you’re going to miss some food particles in your teeth and those food bits will decompose and that will have a deleterious effect on your breath. I’d used mouth wash as a mid-day breath cleanser, but that’s right out after this.
It looks like I’ll be going back to gum from now on.
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