Oral health and acetaldehyde

In addition to being detrimental to health in general, alcohol and tobacco also have many adverse effects on oral health. Alcohol and tobacco – combined with poor oral hygiene – account for about 80 per cent of all oral, throat and oesophageal cancers. Tobacco is also an independent risk factor for stomach cancer.

Alcohol and smoking increase the amount of carcinogenic acetaldehyde in saliva. Not only is acetaldehyde contained in alcohol and tobacco, it is also produced by the microbes of the digestive tract, which release it into saliva and gastric juice. Poor oral hygiene increases local acetaldehyde formation in the oral cavity.

Good oral hygiene and gingivitis treatment can lower the microbial levels in the mouth, thus reducing acetaldehyde formation. Furthermore, L-cysteine-containing Acetium products can be used for protection against acetaldehyde.

Acetium capsules and Acetium lozenges for smokers contain L-cysteine, which is a natural amino acid. L-cysteine effectively binds acetaldehyde from saliva and forms a harmless compound that can be excreted from the body.

Acetium capsules remove acetaldehyde if taken during meals and alcohol consumption. Acetium lozenges remove over 90 per cent of the acetaldehyde dissolved into saliva during smoking ((Salaspuro VJ et al. 2006).

However, Acetium does not reduce the other adverse effects of smoking. The acetaldehyde concentration in tobacco smoke is 1,000 times higher than that of any other carcinogen (1).


1) Hausmann H-J. Use of Hazard Indicates for a Theoretical Evaluation of Cigarette Smoke Composition. Chem Res Toxicol 2012; 25:794.810.

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