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PERSONAL HEALTH : The Mysteries of Mouthwashes

March 30, 1993

They promise to kill bad breath. They promise to ward off gum disease. They promise to kick plaque right in the teeth.

Promises! Promises! With so many pledges, you'd think mouthwashes were running for public office.

Do they really do all they claim or are they just another pretty bottle on your bathroom shelf?

According to the experts, mouthwash has its place in your mouth, but its effectiveness depends on a number of factors, including using the proper wash.

Yes, not all mouthwashes are alike. Some are designed with cavity prevention in mind, others put a hurtin' on gum disease.

For more on the product that Americans spent $750 million on last year, see Pharm Report. E3

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