Though popular with many, Crest Pro Health Mouthwash has been under some scrutiny lately. One ingredient in some varieties of Crest Pro Health products is stannous fluoride which can cause staining in some.
On their website, Crest explains how their formulation minimizes staining and product labels includes a warning that temporary staining is possible.
Like many medicines and products, there are possible side effects with this rinse. We are not all the same and we all react differently to medicines and foods.
Penicillin is deadly for some but good for others. Some are seriously allergic to melons or peanuts but that doesn't mean they should be banned.
As a consumer, it is your job to read warnings, know what ingredients are in the products you use, be aware of how certain ingredients impact you and weigh the risk vs benefit.
Does using this product keep me significantly healthier or could I accomplish the same result with improved brushing, flossing or using a waterPik?
Are the possible side effects permanent?
Is there another mouthwash that might work just as well without any risk?
As much as we all want it to be easy, there is no cure-all mouthwash or toothpaste. Good brushing and flossing remain the best defense against dental problems.
To supplement home care, there are many great products and depending on your needs and how well you tolerate certain ingredients, you can improve your health by using products such as Crest Pro Health Mouthwash.
For my guide to selecting the right mouthwash, click here.
If you are looking for unbiased reviews on the internet, remember those with bad reactions are much more likely to spread the word and write a review.
Are bad reactions as common as they seem?
The internet has made it possible to connect in an instant with others who have the same reaction making it seem common.
I have seen this happen in a thread on this site among individuals who have had a bad reaction to Sensodyne toothpaste.
For some using Sensodyne causes sore teeth and gums. They react poorly to something in this product.
In 28 years of practicing dental hygiene, I have never seen this reaction. I have known many who find relief after using Sensodyne.
My experience tells me this bad reaction is uncommon. Yet, if you search "does Sensodyne make teeth hurt" You will get a flood of results making it seem common, even likely.
Researchers would call these reactions anecdotal. While they are very unfortunate, it is impossible to draw conclusions from them unless they can be duplicated in a properly structured study and compared to a large group.
If you have a bad reaction to a product, act responsibly and don't insist the product be removed from the market or accuse your dentist and the makers of a conspiracy.
Remember that your words have power and what you share on the internet may be read by someone who would benefit from a product.
It's fine to talk about your reaction but, if you start accusing your dentist and product makers of conspiracy, you may discourage others from using something that could help them or worse yet, cause them to needlessly lose trust in their dentist.
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