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Does listerine mouthwash help decalcification?

Does listerine mouthwash help decalcification?

It may slightly: If may help minimally if it has Fluoride in it. If you have decalcifications, discuss it with your own dentist who can properly advise you what can be done. It depends upon where they are, how big, how deep, if it's an esthetic or a structural concern, etc. Dentist have many methods to help remineralize the enamel or cover\repair the surface destruction of the tooth. ...Read more

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Is listerine (mouthwash) a carcinogen?

Is listerine (mouthwash) a carcinogen?

No but....: Listerine as well as many other mouthwashes come both with and without alcohol as an ingredient. That tends to dry the mouth and with long term use, and especially when you add smoking to the mix, there is some question as to it's ill effects. For most patients mouthwashes are not an essential part of good oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing and a nutritious diet low in refined sugars are. ...Read more

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Is peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) better than listerine?

Listerine mouthwash: Listerine is a mouthwash that can reduce bacterial numbers. Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) is a drug that kills bacteria and sticks around for several hours after application to continue to work. Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) is not a mouthwash. ...Read more

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Does listerine antibacterial mouthwash make your mouth too dry?

Does listerine antibacterial mouthwash make your mouth too dry?

Some people: For some people the listerine mouthwash can make their mouth dry due to the high alcohol content, 21.6% - 26.9% you could try using a mouthwash without any alcohol in it. ...Read more

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Does listeria antibacterial mouthwash cause dry mouth?

Not sure: If you are referring to listerine, then possibly. Any mouthrinse that contains alcohol can cause dry mouth...Traditional listerine has alcohol. Try switching to listerine zero or any other mouthrinse that is alcohol free. ...Read more

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Does periogard (chlorhexidine gluconate) burn your tongue?

Does periogard (chlorhexidine gluconate)  burn your tongue?

Ideally not: There are a small number of patients who develop this kind of reaction to peridex/periodard - almost like an allergic reation - discontinue use. ...Read more

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Can "listerine whitening mouth wash" really whiten your teeth?

Can "listerine whitening mouth wash" really whiten your teeth?

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

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Recommended toothpaste and mouthwash?

The Answer...: The answer to your question is easily researched on the internet. You could access a resource such as www.2thtruth.Com or many others. Consumers report has written several good articles on this. ...Read more

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Could I use listerine instead of peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate)?

Could I use listerine instead of peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate)?

Not recommended: Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) is a Rx rinse that is recommended and is more effective than Listerine due to its lasting effect after the rinse has been used. Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) actually continues to kill bacteria for up to 60 minutes after rinse. ...Read more

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Which is better listerine or peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate)?

Which is better listerine or peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate)?

Depends: What are you looking for. One is by prescription for gum issues and the other is a over the counter rinse.So i would need to know what your oral condition is before making a recommendation. ...Read more

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Chlorehexidine mouthwash effective canker sores?

Chlorehexidine mouthwash effective canker sores?

Not really: These are viral, chlorhex is for bacteria. Try warm salt water rinses. Mostly a matter of waiting 10 -14 days to go away. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can children use Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate)?

Can children use Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate)?

Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate): Clinical effectiveness and safety of Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) have not been established in children under the age of 18. In addition, why would a child have severe gingival problems? ...Read more

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Is it recommended to rinse with water after using listerine antiseptic mouthwash?

Is it recommended to rinse with water after using listerine antiseptic mouthwash?

Effectiveness....: If you are using an antiseptic mouth rinse to control bacteria and other microorganisms in your mouth and you rinse right after with water, you are weakening its effect and somewhat defeating the purpose. The most important thing to do is to brush and floss properly after meals and limit your intake of refined sugars and sticky starch foods. Rinses are secondary. Find one you like. ...Read more

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Chlorhexidine gluconate taste bad?

Chlorhexidine gluconate taste bad?

It may: Chlorhexidine gluconate may leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Do not rinse your mouth to remove this taste after using the medication. You may rinse the medicine away and reduce its effectiveness. Chlorhexidine may also stain your teeth or other dental work (crowns, fillings, bridges, dentures). You will often need to seek your dentist or dental hygienist to remove these brown stains. ...Read more

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Is crest prohealth toothpaste and mouthwash any good?

Yes: Yes , it works pretty good ant product approved by ada, it is backed up by research, and the claims that made are usually true. ...Read more

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Will salt water and peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) heal a gum infection?

Will salt water and peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) heal a gum infection?

No: Most gum infections are sub-gingival (underneath the gums) and salt water/peridex cannot reach the bugs sub-gingivally. ...Read more

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Can fluoride mouthwash & toothpaste stop or reverse tooth decay?

No: The only way to prevent tooth decay is by having a good oral care, meaning proper brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist twice a year for an exam and a professional cleaning. ...Read more

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Is it harmful for teeth to use listerine ( fluoride mouthwash) ?

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