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Mouthwashes Come Under Fire from the FDA

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The FDA has sent letters of warning to the manufacturers of three popular mouthwashes, instructing them to stop making false claims about the effectiveness of their products.

According to the FDA ? Johnson & Johnson, CVS and Walgreens are all distributing oral care products that make unsubstantiated claims about fighting plaque and preventing gum disease.? There is no evidence that using any of the products will lead to adverse effects, but the advertised claims aren?t backed by any concrete evidence.

The FDA admits that the products have active ingredients that have been proven effective in preventing cavities, but there is no evidence that they can fight plaque above the gum line or prevent gum disease as the labels suggest.

All three of the companies seem interested in compliance with FDA regulations, so there is a very good chance that your favorite ?complete oral care? rinse may soon have a slightly different label.

Oral care is one of the often overlooked areas of health, but it is crucial to your overall well being.? Regular brushing, flossing and trips to the dentist are among the best ways to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

If you?ve got questions on proper brushing or flossing techniques or the type of toothbrush that would best suit your situation, be sure to ask your doctor or home nurse.? You can also consult your doctor or health aide for suggestions of good food sources or dietary supplements that may be able to strengthen teeth and make gums healthier.

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