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Does Listerine Stain Teeth
No..: Listerine does inhibit the formation of plaque to some degree. However, other things contribute to yellowing or stained teeth that the listerine does not prevent. I suggest more meticulous oral hygiene procedures at home, good eating habits, and consultation with a dentist. A dentist can be more specific for you on what it takes to make your teeth look their best. ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
No: The amount of medication in listerine is high enough to help reduce bacteria, but not high enough to cause any noticeable discoloration. There are so many sources of tooth stain (tea, coffee, red wine, tobacco) it would be very rare that listerine would be the cause. The benefits far outweigh any cosmetic risks. The blue color is a a food grade dye. May dye your tongue temporarily-like blueberries. ...Read more
It whitens teeth.: Whitening rinses contain a whitening agent (like hydrogen peroxide) similar to whitening toothpastes. However, they only whiten very, very slowly since the are normally in contact with the teeth for only a minute or two. Contrast this with whitening strips or trays which are usually kept in contact with the teeth for an hour or so at a time. Trays will work much better and faster than rinses. ...Read more
Alls sides and after: You gotta hit all sides of the teeth and get the bristles slightly below the gumline. Rinse after...and don't forget the floss! ...Read more
Even after I brush my teeth (colgatevtoothpaste, colgate brush and listerine afterwards)my breath gets stinky fast, what might I have?
Not at all: Listerine contains antibacterial ingredients, and the fluoride is the best thing to prevent cavities. Use only as directed on label. Do not overuse. Mouthwash does not replace either brushing or flossing. Brush 2x/day for 65-70% bacteria removal. Floss 1x/day to remove 25-30% of bacteria from between teeth where toothbrush can't reach. Use mouthwash 1x/day to remove 1-2% of bacteria. ...Read more
In what order should I perform: brushing of teeth, rinsing/gargling with salt water, and use of listerine?
Order: Floss first brush seconed rinse last. You do not need to rinse with salt water and over the counter mouth wash both. One or the other is enough. I personally prefer warm salt water. ...Read more
I brush and floss my teeth twice daily and use listerine. However, my breath is still very bad. Are there any home remedies?
See Your Dentist: If in fact you brush and floss effectively twice daily and are still having odor issues, it is time to seek professional help. Schedule a visit with your dentist. There are other non oral related health issues that can cause mouth odor such as tonsil debris and stomach issues. Rule out any dental problems first and then be sure no other health issues are a factor. You are doing all home remedies. ...Read more
What is the white film I get on my gum and cheeks after I brush my teeth? I notice it when I wake up in the morning. It also happened with listerine.
White film: This is not typical and so nothing "pops" into mind as to cause. You need to see a dentist when this is present to tell you exactly what it is and how to avoid, treat or not be concerned about if normal. ...Read more
Will using Listerine immediately after brushing my teeth with Rembrandt whitening toothpaste negate any of the whitening effects?
No, it shouldn't: Whitening toothpastes all work the same way in that they contain mild abrasive to help remove surface stains. They don't really whiten like oxidizing agents such as crest white strips or bleaching trays and gel that you can get from your dentist. ...Read more
No : In order to whiten teeth, the whitening agent (gel, strip, tray, etc.) has to remain on your teeth generally for 15 minutes to a few hours. This allows the whitening agent to be absorbed into the tooth, and the whitening process to take place. Unfortunately, swishing a mouth wash for 30 seconds (or even a minute) does not allow near enough time for this to take place. ...Read more
Random small, clear bump on upper gums? I smoke sometimes, very rarely. About once every 2 months as a social thing. I brush my teeth everyday, including the gum line and tongue. Sometimes i rinse with listerine, as well. I haven't gotten this bump since
Thanks for the detailed information. It appears that you make an attempt to keep your mouth healthy. There are several things that can cause a recurrent swelling but in this case the most likely reason is that the nerve in the tooth associated with the swelling has died and you are experiencing recurring infections. Once the swelling gets large enough it may open up discharging the abscess allowing it to deflate and the gum tissue to appear to heal. To resolve this problem see your dentist as soon as possible so that he can confirm this with an exam and xrays. The treatment for this problem is a root canal.
I doubt that this is an std or a cancer as you seem to be concerned about, but without an exam it is impossible to rule out these possibilities. ...Read more
Perio cleaning yesterday i saw a perio individual and she stated my mouuth needs perio-quad scaling cleaning. I brush, floss and use listerine 3 times daily to keep teeth clean. I read an article on the internet about a product called dental pro 7. Also m
Rather : Rather than comment on a specific product let's back up a minute and talk about the deep cleaning. Athough you have tried hard to do all of the right things it is possible that you have buildup below the gums requiring deep cleaning. This can be confirmed with x-rays and a periodontal charting to measure your gums. As long as you have tarter (calculus) below the gumline, no product will solve your gum issue. If you are questioning the need for this service, ask for an explanation and to see the documentation that resulted in the diagnosis. If you are not satisfied seek a second opinion, but do not ignore it and don't attempt to treat yourself. ...Read more
Is non alcohol listerine just as good for your teeth and gums as listerine with alcohol bec I hear alcohol listerine causes oral cancer?
Mouthwash: Mouthwash is an adjunct product in maintaining your overall oral health, and it is still debated if their use is absolutely necessary. Proper brushing and flossing is more essential. I do not like to endorse products, so I'll advise you the same way I do my patients: use the product that you feel most comfortable with.. it's hard to say what's better or just as good. ...Read more
I am 19 year old.I suck my friend's penis last night from the bottom with my teeth for 3 sec.After this i wash my mouth with listerine.Can i get STD?
Possible but: not likely after such a brief encounter. Nevertheless, it is important to use care in every sexual encounter and use a condom every time. Talk with your friend to find out if he has had many sexual partners or is at high risk. See your doctor to be examined and tested. ...Read more
Yes: It won't help with the abcess, though. ...Read more
Tooth pulled 8 days ago. No pain, swelling, appears to be healed mostly. Can I use listerine now? Brush normally?
Yes: The clot formed in the first 48-72 hours. You can maintain your teeth normally with whatever hygiene and systems have worked for you in the past. ...Read more
Docs can you explain, is listerine powerful enough to kill tooth decay, and if so what is the minimum to max time it takes to work ?
Listerine miracle tx: Simply put the answer to your question is a resounding no!. Listerine can be a helpful adjunct to homecare and fresh breath, but it is not a substitute for proper brushing and flossing daily, and absolutely cannot at this juncture restore cavities. They still need to be restored by a dentist removing the decay from the tooth and placing a restoration to rebuild missing tooth structure. ...Read more
I had a tooth extraction today. Are there any chances of developing a dry socket ? How should I remove food particles from the space since i can't rinse yet? Can I use listerine?
At what age?: Chance of dry socket in child minimal, in adult very slight. Concern becomes management of the space, especially if the underlying permanent tooth is missing. As #k is larger than the tooth that replaces it, #13, space management is very important. Ask your dentist if an orthodontic consultation is in order. ...Read more
I just had a wisdom tooth extraction. How long should I wait before using listerine mouthwash again?
use it on the third day but don't swish vigorously as you might loosen the clot. Just put some on your tongue and spread it around then GENTLY rinse with water. After a week or 10 days you can go back to your normal routine.
Don't neglect your toothbrush but avoid the extraction area. ...Read more
Is there a OTC or holistic approach to helping ease the annoyance of itchy gums under an abscessed tooth? (besides salt water or listerine)
Need a dentist: Holistic medicine is a wonderful approach for many health problems, but sometimes you need to turn to traditional medicine for treatment. Abcessed teeth are one of those conditions that need conventional treatment. See a dentist and get this infection treated. Otc will not heal this. ...Read more
I would.: Either way, but something to consider: listerine seems to be a good product in keeping your oral bacteria count to remain low. With vigorous swishing, the liquid is likely to reach small gum pockets your brush ; floss cannot reach well. If you do not want this chemical to be absorbed by your body, it is best to rinse off. The product seems to expect no-rinse to extend its efficacy, however. ...Read more