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I had a molar extracted a week ago I've been rinsing with salt water when can I start using Listerine?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer