An alcohol-free mouthwash

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September 30, 2005|By MARY BETH REGAN

Crest, a leading brand in oral health products, is marketing a new alcohol-free mouthwash that promises to reduce plaque by 42 percent over simply brushing your teeth.

Crest Pro-Health Rinse has been in development for a decade, company executives say. It is significant because it protects against problems such as plaque and gingivitis without containing alcohol. Leading mouthwashes contain as much as 21 percent alcohol.

Pro-Health Rinse relies on cetylpyridinium chloride, a compound that fights bacteria. You can give it to children as young as 6 years old, and it doesn't burn their mouths.

Bottom Line: If you're looking for fresh breath without the sting of alcohol, Crest's new mouthwash is worth a try.

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