Yesterday, several news sources reported escalating complaints about America’s second-best-selling mouthwash and a corresponding consumer lawsuit against its manufacturer, Crest (Procter & Gamble). The popular, alcohol-free Pro-Health Rinse has allegedly earned more than a handful of unsmiling defectors with brown teeth and numb taste buds.
The FDA, who approved the product three years ago, is investigating the claims of discoloration and taste loss; but P&G says the number of people this has and would happen to is minuscule. Additionally, a Crest spokeswoman said the side effects are temporary, can be brushed away, and are simply a sign that the rinse is successfully killing gingivitis-causing germs.
Should you toss your bottle? Not necessarily. While the grievances are alarming and hard to ignore, many dentists recommend Pro-Health Rinse for its important antibacterial benefits. However, if you have veneers or other dental work, you might be more prone to mouthwash stains. Ask your dentist directly if you should make a switch.
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