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Mouthwash after exercise may counter blood-pressure benefits associated with exercise

Mouthwash after exercise may counter blood-pressure benefits associated with exercise

Sandee LaMotte, September 5, 2019. CNNHealth

Summarized by: Sonia Bhutra

A new study conducted by Dr. Raul Bescos, a lecturer at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom, found that using antibacterial mouthwash after exercising diminishes the blood pressure lowering benefits of working out. Although only 23 people participated in the study, participants who used a placebo rather than mouthwash had lower blood pressure, whereas people who used antibacterial mouthwash saw no benefits to their blood pressure. Researchers have made the connection between a species of oral bacteria that makes nitric oxide from nitrate, and the maintenance of vasodilation, which lowers blood pressure. The blood flow to the leg muscles was also lessened when people used antibacterial mouthwash. However, it is important to recognize the benefits of exercise that you get even if you use antibacterial mouthwash. Exercise provides better blood flow and strengthens your heart. It is also important to remember that antibacterial mouthwash does help with the prevention of tooth decay, gingivitis, and decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s and heart attack, which researchers believe are linked due to inflammation. As future healthcare providers, it is important that we remain mindful of the mouth-body connection in order to provide the best care for our patients.


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