Monday, May 12, 2008

Crest Pro-Health---Fact Or Fiction?

Almost 100 million bottles of Crest Pro-Health Rinse ($4.69, 1 liter bottle) have been sold so far. That's what the giant company of Procter & Gamble says. And they put out the oral rinse. In fact, Crest Pro-Health Rinse is the second leading mouthwash, behind top seller Listerine.
So what's the problem? My friends told me about the ugly internet rumors regarding the Crest rinse. I didn't believe them. I have a bottle of Crest Pro-Health Rinse in my bathroom cabinet at the moment. Alright. I admit, I haven't touched the mouthwash since they told me about the bad things it can allegedly do to your smile. But I have another reason I quit using, and you will see that at the end of my article.

The internet rumors have been circulating for a while now. Some folks claim the Crest rinse discolors teeth or stains them. And there are others who claim the rinse has a numbing taste. Crest Pro-Health Rinse has been on the market for about three years now. And it has been marketed as an alcohol-free mouthwash that also fights plaque and gingivitis.

At present, there is a federal lawsuit pending in Georgia. The suit is alleging fraud by the Procter & Gamble/Crest people. The FDA(food and drug adm.) is looking into these allegations.

But P&G claims the allegations are fiction, and says the Crest rinse is safe and effective. A statement posted at the Crest website said this in part:

"The millions of consumers who use it every day, and the growing number of dentists who reccomend it, can attest to that."

So there you have it. When I was using the Crest rinse, I never noticed anything weird going on with my smile. What I did notice, however, were break-outs along my chin, every time I rinsed with the Crest. There are also internet rumors going around, that say whitening rinses and whitening toothpastes cause pimples on the chin.

I don't know what to believe. If anyone has some ideas, please leave a comment.


Anonymous said...

THose rumors are crap. It's a mouthwash. I think it works good. But now you've got me worried about pimples on my chin. I'm going to ask my dentist.

Anonymous said...

I have heard the same thing, and done some research on the internet about it. I've read that there's and ingredient in it (don't know the scientific name offhand) that may cause staining.
After looking at many consumer reviews of this product, I poured my bottle of rinse down the sink. Not everyone has staining problems, but many, many people have reported their teeth stained so badly that their hygienists had trouble reversing the effects. No thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comments. I better tell my brother. He loves the rinse. But now I'm really concerned. My dental hygenist had suggested I use 'Act' as my rinse. Do I have the name right? Of course, I ignored her, but now I might switch over.

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