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.

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