FDA cracks down on mouthwash
The federal government is cracking down on claims being made by companies that make and market mouthwash.
The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday issued warning letters to three companies that manufacture and market mouth rinse products with claims that they remove plaque above the gum line or "promote healthy gums."
"These claims suggest the products are effective in preventing gum disease when no such benefit has been demonstrated," the FDA said.
The warning letters were sent to Johnson & Johnson, which makes Listerine Total Care Anticavity Mouthwash, CVS Corp., which sells CVS Complete Care Anticavity Mouthwash, and the Walgreen Co., which markets Walgreen Mouth Rinse Full Action.
The products contain sodium fluoride, which is effective in preventing cavities but has not been shown to be effective in removing plaque or preventing gum disease, the FDA said.
The agency said there was no evidence anyone had been harmed by the products. Consumers can continue to use them to prevent cavities. But the public "should be aware that the FDA has no data to show that these products can prevent gum disease," the agency said.
Companies that received FDA warning letters are required to take appropriate action to correct the violations within 15 days. "Failure to do so may result in seizure of the product, or other civil or criminal penalties," the FDA said.
| September 28, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
Categories: Dental Health, Dentistry, FDA, Family Health
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