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is listerine good for your gums when you already have a bad gum disease?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Yes.: Listerine is good because it is an antiseptic. In other words, it kills bacteria, which contribute to gum disease. But it is also smart to practice good oral hygeine at home, like brushing and flossing, and to keep checking up with your dentist.
Answered on Feb 12, 2016
Dr. James Wright
32 years experience Dentistry
Alternatives... : Some good choices are vitymir. It is a natural toothpaste and mouth wash. Another you might try is dr. Sharp's and dr. Katz is another good choice. Coconut oil is a good thing to swish for holistic patients who appreciate the benefits of this natural medium chain fatty acid. Swish 5 minutes and spit. Repeat 2 times. Important; see a dentist, as mouth rises will not manage periodontal disease.
Answered on Dec 2, 2012
Dr. Stephen Enriquez
32 years experience Addiction Medicine
Not really: People who have periodontal disease benefit from good oral hygiene and professional maintenance program with a periodontist. As for listerine, it doesn't hurt to use as an adjunct to your daily hygiene routine in disinfection of supporting structures.
Answered on May 5, 2016
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Dr. Cary Goldstein
34 years experience Prosthodontics
Not really: I am not a fan of mouth washes. Yes, they help rinse away food particles, make your mouth feel better, but that is the alcohol in them. Listerine or even a mouth wash prescribed by your dentist will not cure your gum disease. You need full therapy from your dentist or better yet, a periodontist.
Answered on Nov 14, 2016
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Dr. De'Avlin Olguin
20 years experience Periodontics
please understand that gum disease results from deposits (tartar) and bacteria below the gumline. Rinses do not remove these deposits
Apr 6, 2013
Dr. Sam Shahoveisi
20 years experience dentistry
Opinions vary: I personally do not think listerine does anything fro gum disease. Things that i know work: a deep cleaning by the dentist , flossing, chlorohexidine rinse which is prescription.
Answered on May 8, 2016
Dr. Jason Cataldo
23 years experience Periodontics
No and yes: This is a common question. Listerine will kill bacteria on the surface of the gums and mask the odor from the bacteria causing gum disease. It will not however get beneath the gums where the bacteria and tartar are located. This is needed to treat the problem. If you have gum disease, see a specialist, a periodontist and they can help you determine the right treatment for you.
Answered on Feb 14, 2016
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience Endodontics
No: That like digging a hole to plant a tree with a spoon! if you have moderate to advanced gum disease, you need definitive treatment. There are no shortcuts. See a periodontist asap. The longer you wait, the worse the prognosis.
Answered on Aug 31, 2016

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