Mouthwash, hogwash?

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of the The Academy

Mouthwash is part of many people’s morning rituals, but is it really doing what we think it is?  That is the question being answered by the FDA.  The Agency is targeting three popular mouthwash companies for “unsupported claims that they remove plaque and promote healthy gums”.  Warnings were sent to Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Listerine Total Health Care Anticavity Mouthwash, and two major drug store chains, CVS – for their Complete Care Anticavity Mouthwash- and Walgreens – for their Mouth Rinse Full Action Brand.

Under current laws, companies cannot claim that their product is effective against disease unless approved by the FDA.  The FDA has not found that the active ingredient in all three mouthwashes, sodium fluoride, is effective in preventing gum disease and plaque.

Cyber-bully victims left more vulnerable

By Dr. Steve Salvatore – Co-Owner of The Academy

New research from the National Institute of Child Health suggests that cyber-bully victims experience higher levels of depression and the impact is greater than a physical beating.  4500 preteens and teenagers participated in this study and were asked if they had been hit, called names or received harassing messages via computer or cell phone.  The cyber-bullying victims said they felt more vulnerable and isolated at the time of the attack mainly because there’s no face-to-face confrontation and they weren’t able to see or identify their harasser.

Can you get the flu from the flu shot?

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore – Co-Owner of The Academy

You absolutely cannot get the flu from the flu shot.  This is because the virus is killed and not just weakened.  The most common side effect of flu shots in adults is soreness at the site which lasts about two days.  Rarely, some people will get fever, muscle pain, and feelings of discomfort or weakness.  If you feel sick after a flu shot it could be that you’ve been exposed to the flu before you got the shot because it usually takes a couple of weeks for your body to build immunity.