Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection Oral Rinse Review

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This mouthwash lays claim to all the right goals, and its alcohol-free formula appeals to many, but users report a raft of unpleasant side effects, such as brown stains on their teeth.

Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection Oral Rinse (starting at $0.20/oz., Amazon) contains no alcohol, and some reviews regard this as a welcome change from other mouthwash formulas. Posts at Amazon and Walgreens note the absence of any burning sensation, the pleasing mouth feel and mint taste, and the positive effect on bad breath. But a convincing proportion of Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection reviews ding the product, citing irritants such as brown stains on teeth, particularly the bottom row, sore gums, and coagulated residue from swishing. Reviewers also gripe about an aftertaste that lingers and seriously interferes with the taste of food.

The active ingredient in Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection is CPC (cetylpyridinium chloride), a bacteria-fighting agent. Crest claims this rinse helps defend against the usual oral-hygiene villains -- bad breath, plaque, and gingivitis. Pro-Health Multi-Protection comes in two flavors, cool wintergreen or clear mint, and also in a night rinse version. The extended Pro-Health line includes Complete Rinse and Invigorating Clean mouthwashes.

Although Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection has its fans, in part due to the alcohol-free formula, the proportion of negative reviews highlighting its flaws is enough to push the search for a cheap mouthwash in other directions.

Sarah McMinn

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