Oral Cancer and Mouthwash Use: Evaluation of the Epidemiologic Evidence

  title={Oral Cancer and Mouthwash Use: Evaluation of the Epidemiologic Evidence},
  author={Joann G. Elmore and Ralph I Horwitz},
  journal={Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery},
  pages={253 - 261}

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