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Can mouthwash influence athletic performance?  

Scientists have studied those people who applied antibacterial mouthwash instead of water. Thus, they have proven the importance of oral bacteria in cardiovascular health.

 

Thus, this scientific study published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine emphasizes the relevance of health professionals taking into account oral health when they recommend physical activity to control high blood pressure.

 

To carry out the scientific study, there were 23 healthy adult participants. After exercising on a treadmill for half an hour in two series, they were monitored over two hours. Each time the data were taken, they should be rinsed with antibacterial buccal liquid (0.2% chlorhexidine) or with a placebo of mint-flavored water, not knowing if they took one thing or the other.

 

Thus, those who took the placebo option experienced an average reduction in systolic blood pressure of -5.2 mmHg per hour after sports. On the other hand, the participants who used the antibacterial mouthwash recorded an average systolic blood pressure of -2.0 mmHg.


Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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