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Is it safe to gargle with listerine while you have the hiccups?

Is it safe to gargle with listerine while you have the hiccups?

Not good idea: Hiccups are not under your control so if you are gargling you may get in your lungs ie aspirate. ...Read more

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When I get up in the morning and lean my head back and gargle with listerine, I spit out a brownish flem, does this mean I'm infected.?

When I get up in the morning and lean my head back and gargle with listerine, I spit out a brownish flem, does this mean I'm infected.?

Coffee drinker?: It's fairly normal for a bit of mucous (phlegm) to accumulate deep in the throat during the night. If you're a coffee drinker and like to consume your morning cup of joe prior to your listerine, it can 'stain' that brown. The heat from the coffee can loosen it up making it easier to come up when you gargle, but it'll still be brown. ...Read more

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Everything that I eat or drink except water has a bitter taste this started a few days ago. I gargled with listerine and salt water. I brushed my tongue. I ate a piece of pie and it tasted bitter.

Everything that I eat or drink except water has a bitter taste this started a few days ago. I gargled with listerine and salt water. I brushed my tongue. I ate a piece of pie and it tasted bitter.

Time: There are many different reasons for this and most will pass with time with no consequence. If it continues, a good medical work-up would be suggested to rule out the things that do have a consequence such as acid reflux disease or mercury. ...Read more

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Everything that I eat or drink except water has a bitter taste. This started a few days ago. I gargled with listerine and salt water. I brushed my tongue. I ate a piece of pie and it still tasted bitter. Why could it be?

Bitter taste: Certain medications cause a bitter taste as well as infections. There may be a systemic problem. A suggestion would be to identify when this problem developed, note any changes in diet or use of over the counter medication and discuss this with your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Everything that I eat or drink except water has a bitter taste. This started a few days ago. I gargled with listerine and salt water. I brushed my tongue. I ate a piece of pie and it tasted bitter. I have not eaten any pine nuts, unless they were in food.

Everything that I eat or drink except water has a bitter taste. This started a few days ago. I gargled with listerine and salt water. I brushed my tongue. I ate a piece of pie and it tasted bitter. I have not eaten any pine nuts, unless they were in food.

This: This somewhat common problem has a huge differential of potential causes such as:
- nasal drainage
- nasal polyps
- bad tooth
- gastroesophageal reflux
- salivary gland obstruction/ dry mouth
- medications
- a neurological problem with the taste receptors

and that's just scraping the surface!

you should see your doctor or an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) for an exam and a work-up. Hopefully, if they can find the cause, they can fix the problem.

As far as pine nuts go, check to labels of the foods you are eating. Since nut allergies are so prevalent, companies are required to label foods that may have tree nuts (including pine nuts) in them. ...Read more

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6 days ago 1/2 wheat thin scratched throat badly, then had flu that irritated it further. Alt. Salt gargle and listerine not helping, what to do now?

6 days ago 1/2 wheat thin scratched throat badly, then had flu that irritated it further. Alt. Salt gargle and listerine not helping, what to do now?

Give it time: Give yourself some time to, heal. Recovery from the flu can be slow. Meanwhile eat a soft diet, avoid hard and spicy foods. Keep, hydrated. ...Read more

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Over the past 4 days I have noticed that the skin on the left side roof of my mouth is peeling. I have gargled with reg. Listerine. Should I worry?

Over the past 4 days I have noticed that the skin on the left side roof of my mouth is peeling. I have gargled with reg. Listerine. Should I worry?

Peeling in mouth: Did you burn or injure your mouth? This would cause the skin to peel.
If not it should be checked by your dentist for signs of infection, thrush, leukoplakia or oral cancer.
Any abnormal changes in your mouth should be checked by your dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Do I need to take antibiotics for bleeding gums? I ate some chips and bruised my gums and it started bleeding very much. So I applied pressure by cotton and it stopped in a minute or so. I took tylenol and did listerine gargles. I have no underlying heart di

Do I need to take antibiotics for bleeding gums? I ate some chips and bruised my gums and it started bleeding very much. So I applied pressure by cotton and it stopped in a minute or so. I took tylenol and did listerine gargles. I have no underlying heart di

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are for infections. I doubt you got an infection from a small cut like you described.

Unless you become swollen and/or have pus coming out of the wound, I don't think you need to worry. Watch what you eat the next few days to allow the tissue to heal. ...Read more

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Is there a hidden risk in gargling too much with Listerine? It seems to help with sore throat. I use it as preventive measure frequently.

Is there a hidden risk in gargling too much with Listerine? It seems to help with sore throat. I use it as preventive measure frequently.

What is frequently?: Twice a day or twenty times per day? Excessive alcohol contact on the oral soft tissues can cause problems. Use the product as directed. Also, do you smoke? See below link:

http://www. Medicaldaily. Com/mouthwash-overuse-may-lead-oral-cancer-alcohol-content-raises-risk-carcinogens-mouth-lining-274556 ...Read more

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In what order should I perform: brushing of teeth, rinsing/gargling with salt water, and use of listerine?

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

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My tongue swoll up under neath and I received a large bump that eventually leaked puss, I garggled with salt water and listerine, what's the reason for?

My tongue swoll up under neath and I received a large bump that eventually leaked puss, I garggled with salt water and listerine, what's the reason for?

Swollen gland: You may have a swollen or infected major salivary gland. The gland get infected, bacterial or viral, and become swollen, sore, and pussy. The glands can become blocked with stones or plugs. They will become swollen, especially after eating. These may get infected, too. Check with your dentist. ...Read more

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Can mouthwash such as Listerine be helpful against sore throat if used for gargling?

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Can mouthwash such as Listerine be helpful against sore throat if used for gargling?

Mouthwash can help: Listerine or any other brand of antiseptic mouthwash can be used to help kill bacteria and accelerates healing. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat. Is it good to gargle with a mouthwash like listerine advanced, or warm salty water is better?

I have a sore throat. Is it good to gargle with a mouthwash like listerine advanced, or warm salty water is better?

It is very good: There are many ways to treat sore throat pain. You can use cough drops, throat lozenges, salt water, but the best home remedy for sore throat pain relief is a combo Listerine, (or your favorite mouthwash) and hydrogen peroxide. Of course consult your physician before using any remedy and stay well hydrated. ...Read more

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How does listerine work?

How does listerine work?

Antiseptic: Listerine works based on the 'essential oils' it contains. These essential oils act as an antiseptic to kill off the bacteria in the mouth that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Listening is a good product, but it should be used in addition to brushing, not instead of brushing. Also, smokers should use an alcohol-free listerine if that is the brand of mouthwash they choose. ...Read more

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Could you have tolerance to listerine?

Could you have tolerance to listerine?

? Listerine: Tolerance? How do you mean. If you mean it is not as effective it may be that you need to see a dentist for a complete evaluation of your gums and supporting tissues to rule out gum disease. Get a check up and let us know. ...Read more

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What is the best type of listerine to use?

What is the best type of listerine to use?

All the same: Listerine is one of the best mouth rinse to use. The difference being the flavor. There is listerine complete which has some Fluoride in it. However if your oral hygiene is good the any of listerines will work. They all kill off bacteria that causes calculus build up. ...Read more

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Crest or listerine white strips, which is better?

Crest or listerine white strips, which is better?

Crest or Listerine: Toothpaste will not whiten teeth. Whitestrips will whiten the parts of the teeth they touch, but not in between or near the gumline.
If you want to whiten your teeth, see your dentist and follow his recommendations for tray whitening and/or in-office whitening.
These will whiten all of the tooth, not just the flat surfaces. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use listerine in children under age 12 years?

Is it okay to use listerine in children under age 12 years?

Hmmm: Not really. Most of the listerine I have seen has a lot of ethyl alcohol in it (21.6%). Ethyl alcohol is what is found in vodka, rum etc. Listerine does have an alcohol free product called listerine zero, but they still say do not swallow on their label.
If the child has bad breath try flossing and/or take them to dental hygienist for cleaning. Children's act mouth rinse with Fluoride is good. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how many times should I use listerine a day?

Mouth rinse use: How often you should use listerine/other mouth rinse depends on what you want to achieve by use. If it is simply to add more thoroughness to your home care, 1-3 times daily right after brushing is an expected maximum. If you use a mouth rinse that kills oral bacteria, this means that good ones are killed also. A healthy mouth needs a healthy colony of good bacteria. Be cautious on excessive use. ...Read more

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Is listerine still effective if it is not left in for a full 30 seconds?

Less effective: The active ingredients in listerine will still kill some of the bacteria in your mouth, but using it for the full length of time recommended by the manufacturer is the best way to ensure it is as effective as possible. They did a lot of research to come up with it! ...Read more

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When I use listerine healthy white, it will turn into a white foam. Why?

When I use listerine healthy white, it will turn into a white foam. Why?

The active: Ingredient mixing with your saliva= foaming reaction which assists in cleaning. ..In other words //it is supposed to foam!

Keep Smilng
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Can listerine be really harmful and a life thread of you use it three times per day in a constant basis? Thanks

Can listerine be really harmful and a life thread of you use it three times per day in a constant basis? Thanks

Not really: Anything in excess can be bad for you, even water. But listerine is good for your oral hygiene. Theoretically, there are however normal good bacteria in your mouth and if that gets suppressed constantly by something like listerine, other bad bacteria may get the opportunity to flourish instead. But I think what you're doing is fine I wouldn't worry about it! ...Read more

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What happens if you swallow listerine?

How much?: A tiny bit is non-toxic. An entire bottle could be problematic. Call their hotline and speak to a rep who can answer your question in further detail. ...Read more

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Which listerine is best for cavities?

Which listerine is best for cavities?

In what way?: Listerine is a mouthwash, and it does not restore carious lesions. Brushing and flossing correctly is your best defense, and the mouthwash will help you keep them clean, reducing cavities. The mouthwash alone will not do the trick. ...Read more