The FDA is reviewing a new product that claims to help prevent cavies by washing mouthwash down the throat.
The product, a mouthwash that has a tiny bubble of water on top, claims to be able to help lower the risk of getting cavities and to prevent them from getting worse.
“The bubbles are so small that they can help keep bacteria from growing in your mouth and throat,” said Dr. Michelle M. Miller, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
She explained that this bubble has “a tiny water-based bubble that helps the saliva work on the bacteria in your throat, helping them break down the plaque that normally occurs in your esophagus.”
“The products contain a very small amount of sugar,” Miller said, adding that “we’re looking for ways to add more sugar to these products.”
But, the company is still seeking a “consumers acceptance.”
It also said the product’s packaging should be clear so “children, adults, and families can use it safely.”
“We are conducting a comprehensive safety evaluation to determine whether the products are safe for use by children under 12,” Miller added.
A spokesperson for the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.