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Which is better, listerine with or without alcohol?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Wineman
Dentistry 41 years experience
Listerine w/alcohol: It depends-mouthwashes are antiseptic, many use 25-28% alcohol to give it the bite and zing when using. Some patients prefer a mouth rinse that is alcohol free. There are many on the market, suggest you use either the listerine alcohol free or the crest pro health brand. If your teeth are sensitive buy one that also contains fluoride. Use twice daily.
Dr. Jeffrey Krantz
Dentistry 10 years experience
With: Unfortunately, the listerine without the alcohol base is not a very effective anti plaque or anti bad breath weapon.
Dr. Behram Dalal
32 years experience
That's a : Personal preference. Clinically the are both effective when used according to manufactures directions. Hope this helps.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
It depends: The formula of listerine and alcohol free listerine are different. The regular listerine has the essential oils that have been proven to kill oral bacteria, and carries the ada seal. Some of the other versions are not the same and are not as effective. However the alcohol in listerine can make a dry mouth even worse and alcohol free mouthwashes are better for people with dry mouths.

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