Avid mouthwash users: The FDA’s got news for you. If you’ve been relying on a daily mouthwash habit to prevent gum disease and remove plaque, you’ve been duped by overenthusiastic advertising.
I floss and I brush my teeth — but I never use mouthwash, simply because I’m not convinced the stuff is necessary post-floss and brush. Plus, many mouthwashes contain triclosan and other chemicals that have been linked to environmental and health problems. That said, there’s nothing wrong with a mouthwash habit — so long as you are using a safer mouthwash, and so long as you don’t rely on the stuff to magically remove plaque and prevent gum disease.
Were you using any of the three targeted mouthwashes? And if so, will the FDA’s latest crackdown change your dental hygiene habits?