Mouthwashes are used for cleaning and freshening the mouth and for oral hygiene. Antiseptic and anti-plaque mouth rinses kill germs that cause plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. Anti-cavity mouth rinse uses fluoride to protect against tooth decay. Products that prevent the formation of cavities and that kill the germs that cause bad breath are regulated as Over-The-Counter drug products by the Food and Drug Administration. These products must be shown to be safe and effective according to the standards set by FDA.
Oral Care Products
Oral Care Products are intended to cleanse the oral cavity, freshen the breath, and maintain good oral hygiene. Some products also include ingredients to protect against the formation of cavities.
For ingredient and safety information on oral care products, use the links below.
Toothpastes are pastes, powders, liquids, or other preparations intended for cleaning the teeth. If the product is also intended to prevent the formation of cavities (carries), then it is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as an Over-The-Counter (OTC) drug. Toothpaste is recommended by dentists to be used in conjunction with a toothbrush to help remove food debris and dental plaque. Other products might also work to whiten teeth by providing a coating that hides discoloration.The active ingredients used in OTC anti-carries toothpastes are Sodium Fluoride, Stannous Fluoride and Sodium Monofluorophosphate, each of which is approved by the FDA. The FDA says that it is very important to read and follow directions for using Toothpastes.