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Chances are you know that gargling with mouthwash is no substitute for brushing and flossing. But apparently mouthwash manufacturers would like you to think otherwise – which is why the Food and Drug Administration has repeatedly been breathing down their necks. (No word on whether the breath in question was minty fresh.)
The Chicago Tribune reports that late last year, the FDA warned three mouthwash makers to stop inferring that their fluoride-based products would prevent gum disease and remove dental plaque – just the latest in a long history of making false or exaggerated claims about mouthwash’s abilities.
Existing research has found that while mouthwash does aid in preventing bad breath, it provides no benefits for the teeth and gums. And there’s some question as to whether the ingredients of mouthwash kills off bacteria to make breath smell better, or if it’s merely the result of its alcohol and sweetener content.
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